Seasonal Affective Disorder

Top 5 tips to fight SAD in the winter times

1. Embrace the winter.

Instead of fighting it, you need to embrace it. Having a positive mental outlook about the winter is imperative if you are going to avoid the winter blues. It can actually be a very beautiful season.

2. Equip yourself.

People are always complaining how cold the winter can be. Yet they don’t have a good hat or scarf or etc… Technology has come a long way in recent years and that doesn’t just mean apps for your iPhone. Check out the very cool gear at a sporting store like MEC or Sporting Life and start dressing appropriately. I love my merino wool long johns. Did you also know you could buy heated socks hooked up to a small battery? Emilie has a pair and they keep her toes nice and toasty.

3. Eat some good healthy fatty foods.

A nice warm coconut curry with a wild salmon is awesomely good. The good fats will keep you warm and your body will burn them at a slower and more steady pace. My favourite way to get fats in the winter time is from animal fats in soups and stews. I particularly like to eat warm foods in the winter time with warm spices like ginger and cayenne.

4. Move and be active.

We are so lucky to live in a city like Ottawa. There are so many opportunities to get out there and move! With the canal, Gatineau park, and Tremblant not too far away there are tons of sports that can be done. If you don’t like to skate, ski, snowshoe, or walk, get moving with some people. My favourite people to move with are my kids. I love them because they give me a reason to act like a kid again by building forts and snowmen!

5. Vitamin D.

Thanks to the climate here in Canada – very few of us get enough Vitamin D in the wintertime. Vitamin D is the vitamin you get from the sun and it plays a huge role in how your body and immune system functions! As Vitamin D also plays a critical role in regulating your mood – go see your family doctor and get your levels checked. This will give you a good idea if you need to supplement – most of us do.

Once you have your cool winter gear, you’re doing great activities with a belly full of coconut curry and all the Vitamin D your body needs – you won’t have any excuses to be SADD. It’s all in our hands. We can embrace it wholeheartedly or curl up into a SADD little ball and wait for spring. Your call. I choose the former!

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