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Health Tip: Avoid the Winter Blues

Drink plenty of water

(HealthDay News) -- You may develop a case of the winter blues as the weather gets colder and the days become shorter.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice to help battle the winter blues:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Hone in on a hobby, such as making your own crafts or reading more.
  • Take up a new winter sport, such as skiing or ice skating.
  • Cut back on dietary portion sizes, and add more fruits and vegetables to your menu.
  • Adjust your sleep schedule -- go to sleep earlier and wake earlier in the morning.