Health and Wellness – Blasting the Winter Blues

11 Feb

It’s often said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. However, the last weeks of winter can often be the hardest for women, who are much more likely than men to suffer from SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Seasonal Affective Disorder occurs during the winter months when gray, short days lead to a drop in serotonin production. These deficits increase irritability, anxiety, depression, and also increase hunger and sleepiness.

So how do you combat the winter blues while waiting for Spring?  Here are a few tips to increase serotonin and boost your mood.

1) Light therapy – Since SAD is triggered by a lack of light, increasing your indoor light to around 300 watts for at least 30 minutes is a sure fire way to get the serotonin flowing. Special lights are relatively inexpensive, so save the candlelight dinners for the warmer months and crank up the lights!

2) Exercise – SAD is an energy sapper, but if you can fight through the lethargy and put an exercise plan in place and stick to it, the increase in serotonin that results will make it easier to keep moving. Since SAD increases the appetite, it’s especially important to combat emotional eating with a good calorie burn.

3) Get intimate – Studies show that regular sex increases mood due to the release of oxytocin at orgasm and also boosts your immune system. What better reason to get romantic and slip into your latest plus size lingerie order? Warm up the cold winter nights with a sexy little babydoll, naughty corset, or lacy underwear and reap the rewards!

4) Schedule time to socialize – Lingerie and sexy times aren’t the only way to boost your mood. Positive interaction with friends and family are also a great way to increase feel good chemicals and combat the winter blues.

So here’s to happy winter days and even hotter winter nights!

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