When the Winter Blues Hit, Try These 5 Strategies for Mood Support

When the Winter Blues Hit, Try These 5 Strategies for Mood Support

If you find yourself feeling down during the winter months, you’re not alone. According to statistics, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) impacts up to 10% of the population—with rates four times higher among women than men.1 Stress, lack of sunshine, and fewer opportunities for exercise may all play a role in the winter blues. The good news is, we can support a healthy mood with targeted approaches that not only lift our spirits but enhance overall health and vitality as well. 

Reduce Winter Blues with Vitamin D

Vitamin D3 is known as the “sunshine vitamin” because the body produces it in response to sun exposure. Less sunlight during the winter means many of us experience vitamin D3 deficiency this time of year—a factor in seasonal as well as other forms of depression. Supplementing with daily D3 can be an effective way to support a healthy mood.2 

Nourishment for Mood Support

In addition to Vitamin D, supplementing with Omega-3 fatty acids may help relieve occasional depression. Omega-3 fats from oily fish like mackerel and salmon support neurological and brain health, and emerging studies show they may be helpful to reduce symptoms of mild to moderate depression.

Tryptophan is an amino acid that can support a healthy mood. The body converts tryptophan found in foods like turkey, fish, whole grains, and spinach, into serotonin—a key neurotransmitter involved in mood, sleep, appetite, energy production and more. 

Get Plenty of Exercise 

It’s important to move your body year-round, not just during the winter. Getting enough exercise is a cornerstone for overall health and wellness. It’s especially helpful when you’re feeling down because exercise releases endorphins, a group of hormones that enhance memory and brain function, mood and more. 

Support Your Immune System 

Winter is known as ‘cold and flu season’ for a reason. Reinforce your immune system with beneficial mushrooms that work to optimize immune function, aid vital energy production, and support numerous additional areas of health.

MycoPhyto Complex® is a researched blend of six botanically-cultivated beneficial mushrooms that work to maintain immunity and support overall wellness—not just during winter but all year long.*

Sources:

  1. Meesters Y, Gordijn MC. Seasonal affective disorder, winter type: current insights and treatment options. Psychol Res Behav Manag. 2016;9:317–327.
  2. Sarkar, Sonali. Vitamin D for Depression with a Seasonal Pattern: an Effective Treatment Strategy. International Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Journal. 2017;1.10.15406.

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