Although I am not usually a big fan of turnips, I recently discovered how tasty they can be in a slow cooker soup with butternut squash, potato, onion and pear. Yes, I said pear! We have learned more and more that there is a strong connection between our physical health and our mental well-being. Nourishing yourself with fresh healthy foods, including a variety of vegetables, grains and lean protein is a great way to combat the winter blues. If you enjoy cooking, take this opportunity to try a new recipe with a winter vegetable. Even if you don’t enjoy cooking…look for easy ways to get a variety of vegetables into your meals.
Check out this article for more on the connection between nutrition and mental health:
Colder and shorter days mean it may be more difficult to find time to exercise. But, don’t let the drop in the temperature stop you from getting your weekly dose of endorphins, a natural mood booster. Try a new gym membership…winter may be the perfect time to perfect your swimming stroke at an indoor pool. Learn to rock climb at one of Atlanta’s rock climbing gyms. Or, embrace the winter sports and find an ice skating rink! It doesn’t have to be complicated or pricey, bundle up and take a walk in your own neighborhood, or pop in one of those old-school workout DVD’s with your rainbow leg warmers and get your endorphins flowing from the comfort of your own home. If it has been a long time since you were active, check with your doctor about any new exercise routine!
Some more info on how exercise can reduce depression: