Friday, November 5, 2010

Goal for the Day: Keep Your Spirits Up

With the weather turning colder and the days growing shorter, many people begin to feel quite gloomy. Personally, not being a fan of warmth and sunshine, I’m in a better mood than usual. However, the chill and the darkness can weigh upon anyone and make you feel depressed and lethargic. There’s actually a medical name for this winter malaise—Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD---aww). And, while it was regarded with skepticism for many years, studies and tests have shown that it is, indeed, a real phenomenon. So, what can you do to not be sad?

Science tells us that during the winter, our bodies begin to have low levels of the Vitamin D that we usually get through sunlight. With your doctor’s approval, perhaps taking a Vitamin D supplement would help. Also, during the warmest parts of the day, take a break and get out in the sun. But, most importantly, try to keep your spirits up, The same positive outlook that you would have in the Spring and Summer is equally valid in the winter. Always have something to look forward to—whether it’s a phone call with a friend or the sandwich you’re going to have at lunch. There’s always something positive on the horizon. Keeping your eyes fixed on the good things in life will always cut through the darkness.

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