Updated 25 September 2015

Beat the winter blues

Do you find winter, with its cold weather and long, dark nights depressing?


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.

Take action:

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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