Got a case of the winter blues? These tips and tricks will make you feel more awake despite the darker post-Daylight Savings days. Adjusting to the shorter and darker days of winter can be a struggle for even the most upbeat and energetic people, and can likewise induce a case of the blues for those who love to soak up the sun. Yet, there are some surprisingly easy ways to combat the urge to take resort to that cat nap. Whether you’re feeling beat because of a seasonal cold, or you’re fighting to get through a long day at the office, incorporate these simple changes to improve your day-to-day, starting now: Soak up some Sun with Vitamin D Supplements – The connection between mood disorders and vitamin D deficiency is well-established. A study at the University of Newcastle in Australia tested the effects of supplemental vitamin D intake versus a placebo in a group of healthy subjects in late winter. The subjects receiving vitamin D had a dramatic improvement in mood scores versus the placebo group. “The two best ways to get the vitamin D you need are to get adequate sun exposure (15-30 min per day) or to take a good vitamin D supplement,” says Dr. John Cuomo. Try Rainbow Light’s Berry D-Licious™ 2,500 IU Vitamin D3 Gummies, available at rainbowlight.com. Take Zinc to Nix the Sniffles – According to a study published in the American Society for Microbiology , zinc gluconate lozenges were tested in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial as a possible treatment for common colds. Zinc lozenges were found to shorten the average duration of common colds by about 7 days and up energy levels significantly. Try Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy Plus Natural Multi-Symptom Relief Cold & Flu QuickMelts available at coldeeze.com. Get a Caffeine and Water Fix – We’ve heard it over and over: Drink lots of fluids to stay healthy! Why not drink something crisp and caffeinated while burning a few extra calories? Medifast Essential 1 Calorie Burn packets have no sugar, no fat, no sodium and only 5 calories! Each serving gives you 100 mg of caffeine and 90 mg of EGCG to enhance fat burning. Available at medifast1.com. 30 Minutes of Cardio a Day Improves Energy – According to Certified Personal Trainer and Wellness Expert John Rowley, doing a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week is vital for your energy levels. Cardio exercise increases the heart rate and increases the amount of oxygen in the body and oxygen is the largest source of energy for your body. Keep hydrated with Celsuis, a delicious, negative calorie beverage that combines vitamins and metabolic-boosting properties. Available at celsuis.com. Take a 10 Minute Time Out – According to Dr. David Sack, M.D., mental health expert and the CEO of Promises Treatment Center, taking a ten minute time out can free your mind and prevent your mind from getting fatigued. Try taking a walk around the block to get an instant jolt of energy as well. Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. One Response Guest November 17, 2014 Attention, writer of article: Daylight Saving Time ended Nov. 2. This is Standard Time that’s got everyone so blue. Reply Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.