September is Healthy Aging Month

Before we know it, the days will be getting shorter and the weather will be getting colder.  This lack of sunlight could dampen our overall moods, and for some may turn into seasonal affective disorder.  Here are some ways you can try to ward off the winter blues and take care of yourself in the cooler months:

  • Get plenty of sleep. The stresses of the upcoming holiday rush can leave many of us feeling sleep deprived and sluggish.  Try to keep your routine as consistent as possible throughout the year.
  • Keep going outside. Sunlight can increase your serotonin levels which will boost your mood and also act as a sleep aid.  We need melatonin to sleep, and we need serotonin to produce melatonin.
  • Exercise! Exercise boosts dopamine, serotonin, and testosterone.  Opt for outdoor exercises if you can and add some more sunshine to your day.
  • Monitor your stress. Stress can cause cortisol to rise and deplete progesterone.  Try meditation or deep breathing to aid in calming your mood.

It can be difficult to stay motivated when everything inside seems so cozy.  If spending some time outside just isn’t feasible for you in the colder months, consider getting a light box to mimic extra daylight hours.  With proper and regular use, they have been shown to improve mood by replicating sunlight.

If you think your hormones may be to blame for your seasonal lows, give us a call at 201-225-2525.  WE can help keep your hormones balanced no matter the season.