When the Winter Blues Have You Down...I don’t know about you, but in the part of the world where I live, it has been rather dreary as of late. The sun peeked out for a few minutes this past week and it felt like a little kiss from heaven. Many people struggle with seasonal affective disorder and with so many cloudy and foggy days strung in a row, it has been hard to feel motivated, even if you don’t normally mind the short winter days.

To combat SAD, many people use light therapy and find it helps significantly. There are a few options when researching what kind of light therapy is best for you. There are dawn simulators that wake you with gradual light or light boxes that you turn on and spend some time in front of. Another great option is supplementing with vitamin D. You can find vitamin D supplements in the health food store, pharmacy and even grocery store. As in anything, quality matters, so look for a name you can trust. My favourite way to take vitamin D is in liquid drops under my tongue. It is quickly absorbed and by-passes the digestive system. Contact your health care provider to make sure this is right for you.

Normally in the winter, we try to embrace the great wintry outdoors and enjoy all that it has to offer. As a family we make an effort to get out and enjoy hiking back into the bush, skiing, tobogganing and skating. This is a conscious decision because quite frankly, we were feeling more like hibernating like a bunch of bears. Since this winter has been somewhere in between mud, slush and a little snow, the outdoors haven’t been so inviting. Instead I’ve found myself experimenting a little more in the kitchen with some fun flavours. Grab my latest recipe for cozy chicken soup with a surprise burst of cilantro. It is soooo tasty! Cilantro is a leafy green herb and is rich in antioxidants, can help soothe an upset stomach and can even help balance blood sugar levels. To read more about cilantro’s benefits, click here.

Above all else, try and stay connected with the people you love. Having planned get together’s and something to look forward to can be really helpful when the days seem to drag. Spring is really just around the corner!