Next, it’s time to ditch the myth that you can’t enjoy the outdoors when it’s cold out. You might not be able to laze by the pool, but what about a brisk morning walk through your neighborhood? If it’s warm enough, try to roll up your sleeves and expose as much of your skin to the light as possible for maximum mood effects. (Your body literally needs to soak up the sun’s joy!) Consider leaving your sunglasses at home as well. Make sure to bundle up appropriately and check the temperature to make sure it’s safe to head out.
Another powerful way to reduce SAD symptoms is good old-fashioned exercise. At least 30 minutes a day of breaking a sweat can release endorphins and other energizing brain chemicals to help you feel more content and more alert. If you can combine this exercise with your time outdoors, even better!