Beat the Winter Blues
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Shorter days, colder temperatures and more time stuck inside can color anyone’s winter a little blue. Whether you’re feeling sluggish, irritable, noticing a change in appetite, or even just feeling a little “off,” you’re not alone. Dr. Janet Taylor, clinical psychiatrist, emotional health expert and life coach, says winter is a time when many people notice a change in sleep patterns, energy and mood. Fortunately, Dr. Taylor has tips to help boost your mood and banish those winter blues.

Get Moving. Exercising releases endorphins, which help you feel better. If you can’t exercise outdoors, heading to the gym or working out at home with DVDs and hand weights will give a boost to your mood and your energy. Another way to get moving is to tackle some of those indoor home improvement projects you’ve been meaning to get to.

Cleaning out the closets, painting a room or rearranging some furniture will burn a few calories and make you feel better about getting something accomplished.

Eat for Energy. All those delicious comfort foods slow down your metabolism, drain your energy and pack on the pounds. Alcohol, sugar and high-fat foods are temporary mood-boosters, but they bring an energy crash that’s just not worth it. Start off the day with some whole grains and lean protein for longer-lasting energy. Drink plenty of water and enjoy lots of fruits and vegetables.

Supplement Smarts. In addition to exercise and healthy eating, you may want to consider a mood-enhancing supplement, such as Nature Made SAM-e Complete. SAM-e (S-adenosyl-methionine) is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that can become depleted due to diet and age.

Studies have shown that low levels of SAM-e can cause moodiness and irritability. Nature Made SAM-e Complete replenishes Sam-e levels and helps to naturally restore a good mood. It’s been clinically proven to work in as little as 7 to 14 days if taken daily as directed.

Don’t Go It Alone. Connecting with other people is one of the best ways to fight off the blues. By combining some meaningful face-time with a brisk walk or a healthy meal, you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.

(Family Features)
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