Six Ways to Cope with the “Winter Blues”

6 Ways to Cope with the ‘Winter Blues’ During the Cold Winter Months

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D), also commonly known as the ‘Winter Blues’, is a type of depression that is caused by a lack of sunlight / Vitamin D (which is a natural vitamin from the sun) during colder months. A few of the common symptoms of SAD include: low energy, changes in appetite and weight, difficulty concentrating, troubles sleeping, loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable, etc. Due to the reduced amount of sunlight during the autumn and winter months, our bodies are not exposed to enough light / Vitamin D and therefore our serotonin and melatonin levels are affected. As we all adjust to the cold again, it is important to be aware of and watch for the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D). Here are 6 ways to lift your spirits whether you feel low or need something fun to do:

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Wellness: An Open-Air Balancing Act

With cold winter temperatures retreating and paving the way for sunshine-filled spring to take over Edmonton, the urge to drop everything, go outside and enjoy some fresh air is a strong one. Usually, this requires little to no thought and is barely a topic of concern. However, since our surroundings have been occupied by the uninvited guest that is COVID-19, even the smallest of activities are now anxiety provoking and stress inducing.