How to Fight the Winter Blues

November 28, 2001

When winter hits (especially if you live in the north), the shorter days and chilly temperatures can start to get you down. But there are simple things you can do to cheer yourself up as you go through your day. Try these tips the next time you’re longing for spring:

Get outside:
The lack of sunlight is part of the reason we’re more likely to feel down in the winter. So take advantage of days when the sun is out, and make time for a walk outside in the morning or between technique classes. Research shows that sunlight can raise your spirits by increasing levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood.

Eat Omega-3s:
Along with their many other health benefits, omega-3 fatty acids contain mood-boosting nutrients, according to a study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry. Find them in walnuts, flaxseeds or fish like wild salmon.

Research has found that people are happier when they spend time socializing each day. Try having lunch with a friend from your studio or making a plan to meet non-dance friends after rehearsal.