If winter makes you constantly feel tired and irritable, there may actually be a good reason. The winter season can affect everything from your mood and weight to your sex drive — it’s no wonder why you’re feeling the winter blues.

Why does the winter affect your body?

Our bodies have a circadian clock, almost like an internal timekeeper — it tells us when to be tired and when it’s time to wake up. The circadian clock also plays a major role in our hormones, temperature levels, metabolism, and mood.

Since there’s less light during the day in the winter, many of the above processes in our body are affected.

How can I help my body during the winter?

The winter doesn’t have to be a drag! If your symptoms are bad because of the light change, try these small pick-me-up tricks.

1. Let some sunshine in.

The lack of light is what contributes to your bad mood and lack of energy. Open the blinds at home or go for a short walk outside during your breaks at work. Getting a little bit of sunshine can make all the difference.

2. Exercise daily.

Even if you workout for half an hour, any amount of exercise is better than none at all. Working out can really turn your mood around and decrease your stress levels.

3. Eat the right things.

It’s frigid outside, so we understand not wanting to go to the grocery store. However, picking on the leftover candy from Halloween in your pantry isn’t a sufficient meal. Your blood sugar levels will spike and then crash just as quickly, along with your mood.

The winter may very well be affecting your hormone levels, which affects so much more in your body. A Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy plan customized by our medical staff will help reduce or eliminate your symptoms. For milder cases, we also offer nonprescription over the counter products.

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