Battle the winter blues

As the Vermont winter drags on, many of us may be noticing the weatherÕs effect on our moods. If the winter blues have got you in a funk, try some of these tips to put the spring back in your step.

See The Light

What gets us down in the winter is the lack of sunlight, according to Harvard Health Publications. This makes it important to go outside every day, even for just 15 minutes. Exposure to artificial light, such as lamps can give you the same effect while staying toasty indoors.

Get Fishy

The consumption of omega-3 fatty acids may influence mood and personality, according to ScienceDaily. The study found that clinical conditions such as major depressive disorder may be linked with lower blood levels of omega-3. These fats can be found in sources such as salmon, edamame and walnuts, according to the study.


Work Up a Sweat

A good workout can improve seasonal dips in mood, according to Harvard Health Publications. Endorphins, which boost mood, are enhanced during exercise. Hitting the gym or trying out a hot yoga class are ways to relieve stress and let endorphins flow this winter season.


Snuggle Up

Cuddling with a romantic partner has been shown to release oxytocin in the brain, according to Scientific America. This hormone creates a sense of joy and has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety.