It's January and most people I know seem to be battling some form of seasonal affective disorder. I was happily humming throughout fall and the holidays and all of a sudden BAM! January 27th comes and I actually contemplated ignoring my 6:00am alarm and crawling back into bed. I'm usually a pretty upbeat person, but with the combination of colder and shorter days and an unfortunate amount of last minute tests before midterm exams, stress is floating in every inch of my being.
People tend to eat comfort foods when they're stressed and momentarily feel better, only to sit in regret and frustration shortly afterwards. Most people could use some tips to treat those dark moments. Here are some developed from the National Center of Biotechnology Information's PubMed Health website:
- Listen to upbeat music
- Eat a healthy diet
- Try to exercise more often, especially calorie burning excercise sessions. Look for activities that make you happy.
- Practice good sleep habits
Basically, the motto is "relaxation through healthy habits." If you take care of your body, it will also put your mind at ease and cause your mood to improve. After all, we have a strong mind-body connection...