7 Habits to Beat the Winter Blues…

Good morning everyone and Happy Monday! Or at least, I hope it’s a happy Monday for you 🙂

We are right in the middle of one of the coldest winter’s in recent memory. Temperatures have hovered in the teens here in the Northeast and it has snowed more than I care to think about. But I happen to love the winter and the introspection it engenders. That is not the case with everyone though. Some people don’t like the winter at all and it’s not just because it is cold. For many people, winter is a time of sadness and depression because they suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) happens during the shorter days of winter, leading to feelings of anxiety and depression. For some, the lack of light leads to insufficient levels of serotonin production, the neurotransmitter that is necessary for a balanced and happy mood. This is a very uncomfortable time of year for those susceptible to SAD and it can lead to poor eating habits, broken sleep and lethargy.

If you or someone you know suffers from SAD then you will want to watch (or share) today’s video, where I will share with you 7 habits to help alleviate SAD.

You will learn what foods you should be avoiding and those to include to help stabilize your mood. You will also hear about what lifestyle habits would be most beneficial for you to engage in during this time of the year. I will also share with you the perfect snack to have every day to boost serotonin production naturally and help keep it steady throughout the afternoon.

Once you have watched the video, I’d love to hear from you! Do you suffer from SAD? If so, is there a particular habit or healthy food you include to help you find balance? I’d love to hear your feedback and learn what has most helped you.

I hope the winter has been good to you so far and I am wishing you a happy and healthy week.

Have a great Monday!

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6 comments on “7 Habits to Beat the Winter Blues…

  1. AvatarRick Kelly

    Hi barbara, I’ve been trying your recipes for about 2 months now and I feel great.I’m writing out my shopping list for groceries and I have a question on organic foods. I never shopped organic and I was wondering if I should? Should I start shopping at whole foods? I shop at target and walmart for my groceries and they don’t have a selection of organic. How important is it to go organic? And can you give me the foods that I should defintinly be buying organic. I try to follow your advice as close as possible and Iv’e noticed you mention organic alot. Should I change my shopping habits? Thanks again , Rick

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hey Rick! Great question…

      It’s important to get organic when you have things like leafy greens, berries, nuts and seeds and anything whose skin you eat, like apples, tomatoes and peppers. But if something comes with a thick skin that you remove, like bananas, avocado, melon, these things you can get commercial. While organic is always best whenever possible, it can be sometimes hard to find and/or prohibitively expensive.

      I hope this was helpful! I am so happy to know you are thriving since adopting new habits!
      Have a great start to your week!

  2. AvatarRick Kelly

    Hi Barbara, I’m a new subscriber to your blog. Ive been looking at your viedos for about 2 weeks now and Im really feeling better since Iv’e taking your advise. I first started with your 3 bean salad to get me out of a down mood because of the winter. Iv’e tried other reciepies also. Since then I feel much better. My mind is clearer I have more energy, I don’t get up with pain in my joints in the morning and I lost 7 lbs. I’m running with my golden retriever in the morning and in chicago weather that’s a challenge. I’m glad I found you and I look forward to hear your advice every monday. thanks again Rick Kelly

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      I’m thrilled to hear that Rick! So glad to know it is all helping you to feel more vital~ You’ve experienced quite a bit of change in a short time, which is fantastic! Keep up the great work and thank you for letting me know how this has all be helpful to you~
      Stay well~


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