When the hours of daylight begin to decrease during the winter months, our bodies are not absorbing enough of the vitamins that we normally get from the sun. This can cause us to feel sluggish, sad, and overall unhappy. To break from the winter blues, we researched and compiled a list of simple and practical mechanisms to help prevent it from happening to you!
Stepping outside for even a couple of minutes a day will help boost your mood by breathing in fresh air and by feeling the breeze on your face. The Berkeley Wellness website says to maximize your daylight exposure even though the winter sun is weak. It can still help brighten your mood, literally. So go for a walk, or simply find a calming place to lift your spirits.
It’s, of course, good for you any time of year, but exercise releases endorphins which make you feel happy! The best time to get your workout on is when you are feeling down. By exercising regularly in the winter, you will feel less tired and you’ll have more energy, according to the National Health Service.
We know it’s hard, especially during the holidays, but eating nutrient-rich foods will help you feel energized throughout the day by fueling your body with the proper nutrients it needs to convert into energy. Dr. Mercola, a leader in the holistic health movement, has a lot of advice on the benefits of avoiding refined sugars and refined carbs, and incorporating more vegetables and healthy fats into your diet. See more articles of his here!
Meditation is a mindful practice that can be done at any time of day, at any length. To sit down even for five minutes in a quiet space and think about what you’re grateful for and the good in your life will instantly allow you to gain a better sense of positivity. Use the Simple Habit app to help guide you through a meaningful meditation!
Go Get a Massage
According to Jeff Smoot, 2015 President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massages are proven to improve mood by releasing more serotonin into the brain, which regulates mood, appetite, and sleep. For more information, visit the AMTA website.
Whether you just moved to a new city, or have been in the same environment for a few years, find friends that you can meet up with once a week and just talk. Being with other people will boost your mood and will also keep you from staying in alone and avoiding the cold altogether!
As soon as all of the holiday festivities dwindle down, I don’t allow the winter blues to impede on my positive attitude. I can say that every one of these pieces of advice gives me a new sense of energy that helps me power through my day! If they don’t seem to work as well for you, any health care professional can help you personalize a daily regimen that will combat your winter blues.
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