Avoiding the Winter Blues

A little more winter to go…

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this past Groundhog Day, meaning a few more weeks of winter are on the way.  But you can take solace in the fact that spring will be here eventually.  In the meantime, we here at Howard Hanna Insurance Services have you covered with some quick tips from Johns Hopkins University to avoid the “winter blues” and get through those long weeks of waiting.

  1. Stay active.

Exercise releases endorphins that will elevate your mood.

  1. Eat well.

High-sugar foods and large amounts of caffeine can feed depression and actually decrease your energy level.  Foods such as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood and lean meats can help your immune system.

  1. Go to the light.

Bring as much light into your life as possible, by spending time outdoors, opening your shades so your home receives more natural light, or even get help from a “light box.”

  1. Get your rest.

Go to bed around the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning.  You’ll have more energy during the day.

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