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Beat Those Gloomy Winter Days

fss blog winter bluesNow that the holidays are over, everyone is settling back into their old routines. However, the lack of sun, along with cold and dreary days, can create some “winter blues” for those living in Germany. The absence of natural Vitamin D can certainly take its toll on your mind and body.

So whether you’re new to Germany or have been here for many years, we have some informative tips and tricks to overcoming those gloomy winter months.


  1. Get Outside: even thirty minutes of natural light will help keep those internal body clocks working correctly.

  2. Get to the gym: there are plenty of fitness options, classes and fun ways to stay active throughout the winter. Check out the FSS Fitness Center’s or Aquatic Center’s schedules to find a class that works for you.

  3. Eat expensive chocolate: that’s right, eat chocolate!! Because in the winter we don’t produce enough serotonin, you can help boost that with a little tryptophan, which is found in good, high cocoa content chocolate! Remember, limit your intake!

  4. Invest in a UV Lamp: available in some stores on the economy. These lamps can be placed on your desk or at home next to your couch to give you that added boost.

  5. Take Vitamin D: like all supplements, please consult your PCM before taking. 

You can always beat those gloomy days by checking out what RTT or Ramstein Outdoor Recreation has to offer through their day or over-night trips. Not only will it help you get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air, you’ll get to experience some hidden gems throughout Germany!

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