Winter Blues – The Canary Islands may be the perfect antidote

Winter Blues?  – Try the Canary Islands

The Winter Blues are not a new music style… it is an unfortunate disease common to many Northern Europeans and those living in the Northern parts of North America. Essentially, a lack of sunlight during the winter affects your overall mood making life unpleasant for sufferers. Women tend to be affected much more frequently than men, and it is mainly a condition that affects younger people, usually starting in the person’s twenties and thirties.

What are its effects?

The Winter Blues is a form of depression that takes place around the same time each year with the change of seasons. It affects individuals exposed to few sunlight hours, such as northern European citizens. People who suffer from Winter Blues experience increased appetite, weight gain and hypersomnia.

If you suffer two or more of these symptoms each year in the fall and into the winter, you may suffer from winter blues:

• Increased feelings of lethargy; feeling tired all the time. For some scientists it’s a human trait similar to animals’ winter hibernation.

• Difficulty in getting up in the mornings as the days gets shorter.

• Difficulty in concentrating and thinking creatively, compared to the summer months.

• Increased craving for carbohydrate-rich foods like chocolate and fizzy drinks.

Although the Winter Blues are not as severe as long-term depression, they can change the way a person thinks, reacts, and deals with everyday challenges.

Tips to overcome Winter Blues

Exercise – Exercise has proven to help people combat winter blues. Not only does aerobic exercise improve your mood, but it has also has been shown to reduce stress.

Eat more carbohydrates – Carbohydrates are often effective in increasing serotonin levels in the brain. Eating larger portions of complex carbohydrates, like pasta and rice, and healthy simple carbohydrates like fruits and fruit juices during meals could help.

Take a holiday or short break in a sunny destination – You could recharge your batteries and top up on your sunlight hours by taking a break in a southern European winter destination such as the Canary Islands. Not only will you be getting plenty of sunlight you will also be getting plenty of important leisure time.

The Canary Islands comprise a group of seven islands south west of Spain off the coast of Africa. They are a mix of volcanic landscapes, lush tropical forests, great swathes of sugar cane and banana plantations. A wide range of sandy beaches fringe deep blue waters benefitting from the warmth of the sub-tropical sun, tempered by cooling Atlantic breezes to ensure that the living is easy. These beautiful islands have so much to offer from smart modern hotels, to first-class watersports and energetic nightlife.

The seven islands are El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. The latter four of these being the most touristy. All are spectcular whilst each offers a different experience, and just four hours away from most European cities.

For more information about possible holidays in the Canaries visit the Official Canary Islands Tourism site –