It’s that time of year again. Christmas is over and in the US, we’ve entered the cold, dark January days in the thick of winter. I crave sunlight. I can feel the winter blues or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) creeping in. Today I pulled out the Vitamin D3. It gets tucked behind a few other things in the medicine cabinet in the summer. I’ve found that D3 helps me not feel the winter blues so intensely. I’ve put together a list of ideas that I’ve found help greatly with the dark cold days of winter. Hang in there, spring will come again soon!
1. As mentioned above, I take Vitamin D3 daily. The recommended dose varies from about 2,000-5,000 IUs per day, depending on how far north you live and how severe the SAD. I get it at Walmart, but most grocery stores and pharmacies should have it. You might want to check with your doctor to see if this is ok for you and what the most appropriate dose is for you. I like the way Vitamin D3’s benefits are explained in this article http://www.heathernicholds.com/nutrition/sad-vitamin-d.
2. Try to get outside for fresh air every day if possible. On mild temperature days, go for a short walk around the block. If it’s too cold for a walk, I try to run an errand so I’m at least getting out of the house and breathing in some fresh air when I’m getting in and out of the car.