It's that time of year again. The holidays are over and the next few months seem to offer nothing to look forward to but gloomy grey skies, bone-chilling weather, and piles of snow. It's no wonder why many people suffer symptoms similar to those of depression, such as sadness, fatigue, and irritability during these long winter months.
If you don't have the luxury of escaping to a warm tropical island until April, there are other more feasible ways to beat the winter blues.
With a lack of sunshine to keep you energized, it's tempting to want to spend your evenings hibernating under the covers instead of being active. But remember, exercise is known to increase your levels of serotonin and endorphins, leading to a happier mood. While it's understandable that many people are less than keen about participating in outdoor activities during these chilly months, keep in mind that there are many ways to keep active while staying indoors. Join a gym class, walk on the treadmill while watching TV, or try out a new lively game on Wii.
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