Is winter getting you down? By the time February rolls around, this long, grey winter can seem never-ending. The winter blues can get even the chirpiest of spirits down from time to time, and these dark winter days can gradually take their toll on our mood and energy levels.
Hang in there, spring is just around the corner! But until then, here are a few tips to keep you going strong through the last of the season:
Top up your Vitamin D levels – Vitamin D deficiencies are extremely common during winter time due to lack of sun exposure. This is easily corrected with a jaunt to the tropics – however if this is not possible, a high-potency Vitamin D supplement will do. Vitamin D is essential for a host of processes in the body, including a healthy immune system, strong bones, prevention of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and cancer prevention.
St Johns wort can help to perk up a flat mood by increasing serotonin levels in the brain – a feel good neurotransmitter which is essential for a healthy mood.
5HTP has a similar effect on the brain chemistry, with the added bonus of reducing carbohydrate cravings and the consequent weight gain which can contribute to that ‘winter coat’!
Include mood boosting foods such as dark chocolate/cacao, bananas, cottage cheese, and turkey in your diet.
Exercise increases feel-good endorphins in the body and brain, so if this weather is bringing you down, get out there and get that blood pumping – anything from taking the dog for a walk to running around the block will do. Aim for 30 minutes per day.
Take time out to nurture and look after yourself each day with whatever lifts your spirits. This may take the form of a relaxing Massage, Reflexology, a luxurious bath, going to bed early if you need to, reading a book or watching a funny or inspiring movie.
Get plenty of Sleep – not too much, not too little. Approximately 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night will keep you feeling your best.