Overcome the Winter BluesNovember 15, 2022
Daylight saving time has recently ended. Unfortunately, at this time of year, we experience many more hours of darkness. With a decrease in sunlight and vitamin D intake, Seasonal Affective Disorder is prominent. But understanding ways to improve your serotonin levels is the first step toward beating the seasonal sadness. Continue reading our blog as we go over some tips to increase serotonin levels and overcome the winter blues.
Supplying your body with necessary nutrients will naturally increase serotonin function. Omega-3-rich foods such as salmon, flaxseeds, and chia seeds are rich sources of tryptophan, which is a crucial factor in producing serotonin. In addition to improving your mood, omega-3 fatty acids also benefit your skin, heart, and bones.
Did you know that high levels of stress can lead to low levels of serotonin? Limiting stress, or at least managing it, can be one of the best ways to feel better in the winter. Try implementing meditation, yoga, or deep breathing on a regular basis. The important thing is to find a relaxation technique that works for you.
Exercise is another helpful way to increase serotonin levels. Elevating your heart rate helps the body produce endorphins, which in turn have mood-boosting effects. Not only will it boost your serotonin levels, but it will also improve your overall health. Plus, it’s a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. Whether you enjoy running, biking, lifting, or walking, any and all forms of exercise will help you feel energized and happy.
One of the best ways to increase serotonin levels is by practicing gratitude. This means being thankful for the good things in your life, no matter how small they may be. Take time each day to meditate on the good things in your life whether it’s health, sunny weather, or a fridge full of nutritious food.
Sleep Away the Blues
During sleep, the body produces serotonin. So, the longer you sleep, the longer your body has to recover and replenish your serotonin levels. If your current schedule makes it difficult to get around eight hours of sleep at night, see what you can change in your day-to-day routine in order to incorporate a regular sleep schedule.
Listening to upbeat music is another way to increase serotonin levels. Try to implement this into your life by creating a ”happy playlist.” Accumulate your favorite cheerful songs into an easily accessible playlist and start your morning by listening to it with your favorite coffee or a filling breakfast.
How We Can Help
We encourage you to contact us if the winter blues are weighing you down. Through our counseling services, we will determine the best course of action to help you find a higher level of peace and joy. With gentle guidance, you’ll be able to recognize your struggles and make positive adjustments.