Beating the Winter BluesPosted: Updated:
On December 21 we will experience the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. In the north country that means daylight is a much appreciated commodity.
According to Cathy Moore, a registered dietician with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, the difference in daylight affects our biology. Many people feel sluggish, tired, maybe even depressed. We have less opportunity to exercise. With less sunlight, we get less Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin.
Cathy offered the following tips to stay healthy during the winter:
- Take a vitamin D supplement
- Find ways to exercise indoors
- Embrace winter and get outside and safely move
- Stick to a wake–sleep schedule
- Avoid excess calories – especially simple carbohydrates.
- If you think you are suffering from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) talk to your doctor
- Drink a lot of water