Whether it's SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or just a common case of the blahs, try these simple 10 strategies to boost your energy and beat the cold weather blues.

The winter blues is a lesser form of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) but can still be debilitating," says Jonathan Prousky, chief naturopathic medical officer at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

SAD is characterized by fall and winter depressions, excessive sleeping, increased appetite with carbohydrate cravings and weight gain.

Research suggests that a lack of bright light and low levels of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical and vitamin D may contribute to this condition. Although SAD does not increase with age, it is more prevalent among women and patients with pre-existing mood disorders, adds Prousky.

Whether you have SAD or just a common case of the blahs, try these 10 simple strategies to boost your energy and feel what a cheering effect they have.



1 | Try a mini-spa in the shower. Alternate the water temperature from hot to cold — one minute hot followed by one minute cold, repeated three times — to speed up metabolism and boost circulation, thus eliminating sluggishness. The Swedes have long used hot/cold to increase vitality.

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