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10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues: Tips for Managing Depression in the Cold Months

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Winter is a hard time of year in Minnesota for a lot of us, and I don’t know about you, but depression symptoms are heightened due to the lack of sun, lack of time outside, and fewer social activities. Being from California I had to up my game when I moved here in the middle of Winter. Here are 10 tips and tricks that have helped me alleviate the severity of symptoms in the Winter:

1.      Exercise (Walk, Run, Ski, Hike, Ice skate, etc).

2.      Take a vitamin D supplement (Consult your primary doctor).

3.      Get a “Happy light” and use it every morning.

4.      Get outside whenever you can.

5.      Take a vacation somewhere warm.

6.      Plan cozy get-togethers with loved ones.

7.      Pick up a winter hobby (knitting, crafts, baking, and meditation).

8.      Make sure if you are taking any antidepressant medications, that you feel stable going into winter. (Always consult with your doctor for any changes).

9.      Gratitude Journal/Daily devotions

10.  Play in the snow like you did as a kid. (Build a snowman, make snow angels, snowball fights, etc.)

If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help. Use these resources to help you, a friend, a family member, or a person served.

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