Cold weather and isolation create cabin fever and the winter blues. Here are some ways to fight the blahs:
- Make sure you move – As little as 20 minutes of aerobic activity, like a brisk walk, has been shown to improve mood and reduce stress for up to 12 hours.
- Go for the “right” carbs – Carbohydrate foods can boost one of our bodies’ “feel good” neurotransmitters, serotonin. Steer clear of nutritionally defunct sugar and refined carb foods, like white bread and white rice, because they can zap your energy and trigger irritability. Instead, go for the nutrient- and fiber-rich carbs – whole grains, beans, fruits and veggies. The right carbs can power both your body and your brain. For even more guidance on the right carbs, get a copy of Dr. Ann’s Healthy Grocery List.
- Celebrate the season – Take full advantage of the good things winter has to offer, including the opportunity for snowboarding, skiing and ice skating.
- Get some sun exposure – Exposure to sunlight can boost your mood.
Dr. Ann Kulze is founder and CEO of Just Wellness and has a knack for breaking down the science of healthy eating and living into simple and easily digestible messages. She has been featured on “Dr. Oz,” “Oprah and Friends,” WebMD and U.S. News & World Report. Alabama NewsCenter is publishing advice from Dr. Ann.
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