4 ways to beat the winter blues

Winter blues can make me irritable, fussy and on edge. Whenever it’s cloudy and overcast, drizzly, raining or gloomy weather, we all tend to get a little depressed. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is actually a clinical condition. It affects mostly women in their 20s, 30s and 40s but can affect men and children as well. Whether you suffer from SAD or not, here are 4 proven ways to beat the winter blues.

5 simple things that promote happiness

Generally, when you think about fitness, the first thought is physical exercise. However, fitness is defined as a  state of general physical and mental wellbeing. In one sense, you are fit when you can successfully not only cope with the stress of daily living; mental, emotional, and physical, but move beyond just coping to peak performance. Fitness is about improving one’s quality of life by enhancing daily well-being, with more happiness and less stress.

The Mental Capital and Wellbeing report, which was compiled by more than 400 scientists, conducted a  campaign to encourage behavior that will make people feel better about themselves. Out of this study came 5 simple things that one should try and do daily.

Do this and stress less for better health

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DID YOU KNOW?
The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress — a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.

Do these 5 things to be happier and healthier

In a recent study, four hundred scientists set out to discover simple easy to accomplish things that could make a profound difference in one’s personal wellbeing. These actions, they say, are so simple that everyone should aim to do them every day. As I considered the millions of books that have been written on promoting and improving one’s mental health and emotional health, I found this study very fascinating. Because what they discovered was not incredible deep hidden secrets of the universe, but rather very simple ordinary things, things that I think were more naturally evident in my life when I was a child.

Here now is the conclusion of the study… (click on sound bar to listen)

How your attitude affects your health

There’s so much more to fitness than diet and exercise. One of my favorite fitness topics is attitude. The emotional side of life is very critical to our health. For example, are you an optimist or a pessimist? Someone defined a pessimist as one who feels bad when he feels good, for fear he’ll feel worse when he feels better. According to new research, optimism improves your health by…