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Winter depression, or the WINTER BLUES, is a mood disorder in which people experience symptoms of mild to severe depression during the long, cold months of winter.  During these bouts of depression, it can be hard to get out of bed, or even think about how you will function.

WINTER BLUES is a mood disorder where people experience symptoms of depression during the cold months of winter. 4 Ways to beat the winter blues

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#1)  PLAN A COFFEE DATE WITH A FRIEND – Even if you don’t feel like going out, making a solid plan to go out with a friend for a lunch or coffee date will help improve your mood.

#2)  EXERCISE – keeping moving is a great way to beat the blues. Especially if you workout with a friend! Find someone who is in the same boat as you and workout together, encouraging and challenging one another — a little competition never hurt anyone.

#3)  OPEN YOUR CURTAINS – Let that sunlight in and face it with a grin!  Making the house bright and cheerful will help improve your mood.  Add some music and have a dance party 🙂

#4)  MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR VITAMIN D & VITAMIN B12 – Vitamin D is tough to get enough of in winter. Especially if you live in a colder, northern climate. A Vitamin B12 deficiency usually shows itself with fatigue and it is tough to beat the winter blues when you are feeling exhausted. By keeping on top of your vitamins you are making sure that your body is in tip-top shape which will help you combat any feelings of sadness and keep you healthier. One way to ensure you’re getting the most from your daily dose is with Instavit—the oral vitamin spray that delivers nutrients fast and effectively to keep your spirits bright this winter. The new product line is now available online and in Rexall stores. [ websiteFacebookInstagramTwitter ]


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Tuesday 8th of March 2016

Even though it hasn't been a harsh winter, I've definitely struggled with my mood. Getting out and about always makes me feel happier and more productive. Thanks for these ideas!

Elizabeth Vlug

Sunday 6th of March 2016

All very good ideas. And every so often we all need reminders. During the winter it is easy to become a hermit, but I do force myself to get out and meet up with friends. Really helpful and I always feel so much better after.


Sunday 6th of March 2016

Very good tips


Saturday 5th of March 2016

Great tips! Can I also mention eating healthy and reducing carbs which causes an insulin spike... Also, spending more time outdoors in the fresh air and light. AND some offices provide special lights for people who suffer from SAD; those help too.

Janice Cournoyer

Saturday 5th of March 2016

I make sure I take my vitamin D. I also get outdoors and try to embrace winter. snowshoeing and cross country skiing are my favourites.