Depression

Updated 11 July 2014

Beat the winter blues

Do you find winter, with its cold weather and long, dark nights depressing? You're not alone – many others feel just like you.

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Do you find winter, with its cold weather and long, dark nights depressing? You're not alone – many others feel just like you. In fact, in countries where it gets cold for months on end, people often suffer from so-called seasonal-affective disorder. Luckily, a few simple lifestyle changes can lift your mood.

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Follow a balanced diet that contains foods from all the different food groups; make sure you're getting enough of the B-vitamins – either through supplements or foods; eat foods, such as fish and other types of seafood, that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids; cut out stimulants such as caffeine and cigarettes; and do regular exercise – a surefire way of spiking up the "feel-good" hormones – by joining a gym or going for walks or jogs during daytime.

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Michael Simpson has been a senior psychiatric academic, researcher, and Professor in several countries, having worked at London University in the UK; McMaster University in Canada; Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.; and the University of Natal in South Africa.

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