Does a workout boost your spirits?
While regular exercise can be beneficial for easing the symptoms of all kinds of depression, it will be especially helpful if what you’re experiencing is a less-severe form of winter blues. “Anything to get your heart rate up [can help],” Nichols says. “You may have to go more than once or twice a week — hit the gym four to five times a week. If your motivation is down ... commit to a team or class schedule to add an external motivator.” But if consistently breaking a sweat isn’t having an impact on your depressive moods, you might be suffering from something more serious.