As fall turns into winter and daylight hours wane, we tend to spend more time indoors and may be less active than we are during warmer months. One sure antidote to feeling sad is to add more activity to your day. Research has proven that moderate physical activity, such as walking, can significantly improve symptoms of depression. Try to be active at least five days each week. You might clean up the yard one day, go for a walk the next, or even try a hike or some fall canoeing. Look for ways to work activity into your daily routine. Park a little further from the door, take stairs instead of the elevator, move more while you talk on the phone. Just a few minutes of activity at a time can add up to make a difference in your outlook and your inward world. This renewed spirit can fuel your ability to handle the challenges of daily life.
Source: Janet Tietyen, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture