As winter sets in across the country, some Canadians may notice a significant difference in mood. Known as the “winter blues,” this seasonal shift in mood and energy affects one in five Canadians. The winter blues differs from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which affects about two percent of the population and is a serious form of depression. Michelle Bradford and Christy Kent of CMHA Oxford County recently spoke to Daytime Rogers TV about the signs and symptoms of the winter blues, which include changes in appetite and lethargy. During the program, Bradford and Kent suggested the following techniques to cope with the winter blues during the long, cold months ahead:
1) Go for a walk outside. While it may be difficult to go out during the dreary cold weather, the fresh air and exercise from a quick walk can benefit our wellbeing.
2) Socialize. We tend to isolate ourselves in the cold weather and not be as active, but spending time with friends can cause a positive shift in our mood and well-being.
3) Eat well. Healthy eating has been shown to benefit our mental as well as our physical health. Be sure to incorporate fruits and vegetables in your daily eating habits.
For more tips and techniques on coping with the winter blues, watch the full segment on Daytime Rogers TV.