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Say no to SAD

(NC) Every year winter approaches and morale plummets as days shorten. You lose energy and you don't feel like doing much… in fact, winter blues have hit you again! And you are not alone: it is estimated 18 per cent of Canadians live with seasonal depression as daylight diminishes. Because you deserve to be in the best shape and live life to the fullest, here are three tips to help you get through winter with a smile!

Try a sport

Physical exercise, which helps you maintain a healthy weight, is also a natural antidepressant. In fact, studies show the enjoyment derived from regular exercise can be as effective as antidepressants, but without secondary side effects. You don't have to invest in a gym membership though; even walking can deliver excellent benefits for your well-being and mood.

Eat omega -3

Omega-3 is also known to have anti-depressive properties. Ideally, you need to consume two to three servings of fish per week like salmon, trout and tuna. Omega-3 can also be found in flax seed, walnuts or in soya. If you believe you are getting an insufficient amount, there are a variety of supplements on the market and a specialist can guide you according to your needs.

Fill up with light

We all lack natural light in the winter. One of the ways to efficiently remedy this is light therapy. The compact goLITE BLU energy light from Philips is extremely portable and can be brought virtually anywhere. So whether you're travelling, or at work, you can experience the benefits that come with receiving 15-45 minutes of daily usage. The way we wake up in the morning has also been shown to affect our mood. The Philips Wake-Up Light emulates the sun rises allowing you to wake up gently with energy to start the day.

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