It’s that time of year when the fun of the holidays is over and we’re in the midst of the long slog toward spring. We’re spending more time inside and getting less daylight, and that puts us at risk for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Here are some strategies to beat the blues this winter.
Bundle Up and Get Outside
Even though you might experience some initial discomfort, getting outside even when it’s cold out can be extremely refreshing while boosting your mood. Taking a brisk walk can also help increase endorphins, which only add to the mood-boosting power of sunlight. Unless it’s extremely cold outside or conditions are dangerous, there’s no reason not to step outside for a few minutes a day. Just dress for the weather and enjoy!
Speaking of endorphins, making exercise a regular part of your routine can make a huge difference in the fight against Seasonal Affective Disorder. Whether that involves a gym membership, a treadmill, or a selection of workout DVDs, getting your heart rate up is one of the best overall things you can do for your health — both mental and physical.
Try a Sunbox
Artificial indoor lighting does not have the same effects as sunlight unfortunately, but there’s hope if you can’t get outside. Try using a “sunbox,” which uses a special type of fluorescent light to mimic sunlight as best as we humans can. Sunboxes are one of the best methods of therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Aim for 30 minutes a day first thing in the morning for the most effectiveness.
Get Your Vitamins
A well-rounded, balanced diet helps your body and brain perform at their highest levels. Making improvements to your diet by eating more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains can help your brain and body fight the effects of the season. And if you want to go the extra mile for your health, consider a Myers’ Cocktail — an IV infusion of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to be at its best.
The Myers’ Cocktail at IVX Health
The Myers’ Cocktail at IVX Health can provide a boost for your mood, increase energy levels, and strengthen your immunity against the bugs everyone around you seems to be fighting. And at IVX Health, you’ll get to do it in a spa-like environment where you can relax and enjoy yourself on your own schedule.
If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at either one of our two convenient locations in Lee’s Summit or Overland Park.