5 Smartphone apps for fighting the winter blues

The "winter blues" can make you feel sad, fatigued, moody or even depressed.  Despite the season, some Smartphone apps have been developed to help you cheer up until warmer days return, ABC NEWS reports. 

-- Light Therapy

Some doctors say exposure to blue light can help alleviate the winter blues.  For the iPhone there is the free app Blue Light Therapy . For Android there is the blue light app Blue Sheep Therapy , which costs $1.99.

-- Exercise

Exercise increases energy levels and prompts the body to release chemicals that increase feelings of happiness. Smartphone apps can help in this area by recording your fitness activities and providing a way for others to easily track and motivate you (and vice versa). Endomondo is a free app available for both Android and iPhone . It not only lets you track your exercise but also receive encouragement from your friends, post results to Facebook, and follow your friends' activities.

-- Diet

Proper diet goes a long way toward helping you feel good by providing energy and limiting intake of foods laden with chemicals that make you feel sluggish and tired. A great free diet app for bothAndroid and iPhone is MyFitnessPal. This free app lets you easily track your food intake and that of your friends. This makes it easy to get and give support and motivation to stay disciplined with eating habits.

-- Sleep

Getting enough sleep is important because it allows your body to recover and rebuild daily, which in turn helps energy levels. Many people find that background white noise helps them sleep better.Relax and Sleep is a free Android app that provides ambient background noise to improve your sleep. For the iPhone there is the similar app aSleep , which costs 99 cents.

-- Fun Social Activities

Fun activities, especially those that involve social interaction, help with SAD symptoms. App Troll Rage is a 99 cent iPhone app that lets you take pictures of you and your friends and then edit them and turn them into silly memes. For Android there's the free app Fun Gallery , which lets you find and share funny memes with your friends and family.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or the "winter blues," is caused by the cold and dreary days of Jack Frost. It can make you feel down and tired. Luckily a few simple lifestyle changes can help manage the issues caused by SAD. It's even easier to engage in the activities that mitigate its symptoms with the assistance of free or cheap smartphone apps for iPhone and Android.

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