During the winter months when the sun is farther from the earth, the days are shorter and we aren’t exposed to as much sunlight, our bodies produce less of the ‘feel good” brain chemical called serotonin. Low levels of serotonin can trigger food cravings and depression in many people. To help combat this, let the light and sunshine into your life as much as possible by keeping the drapes and blinds in your home or office open all day. Move your desk so that you are facing a window and get outside to take a ten-minute walk during the day. A short walk at lunchtime and during your morning or afternoon “break” can help perk up your serotonin levels. In some cases, it may be advisable to consult your physician to discuss the use of medication to help raise serotonin to more normal levels.