Don't let winter get you down

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Take action on winter gloom

Colder weather, shorter days, rain, wind and frost can all conspire to worsen your mood during the winter months.

Most of us feel less motivated to get outside, exercise or eat light. The result? Our lives become more sedentary and we tend to reach for foods that are higher in sugar and carbs. Which is not good if you're trying to avoid weight gain or stay healthy.

Nutritional therapist at A.Vogel has some advice to help keep your mood positive during the winter monthds.

'Food plays an important role in helping you feel better and lightening your mood. If you're eating more sweet foods, your blood sugar levels are constantly rising and falling, which may leave you feeling irritated and low on energy.

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'Avoid refined sugar and increase the amount of wholefoods you eat to reduce mood swings and maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

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'Nuts, seeds and wholegrains contain magnesium which is good for your nervous system, as are green leafy vegetables which are packed with B vitamins.

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'Try and get out into the fresh air as much as you can to ward off the low moods. Taking a walk on your lunchbreak is a good way to get a healthy dose of natural light.

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'Cardiovascular exercise releases feel-good hormones and gets you outside so the more exercise you do, the better you feel.'

Try also St John's Wort, a herbal medication that helps lift bad moods and is recommended for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) sufferers during the winter months.