Summer is over, winter is fast approaching and already the days are getting shorter and the nights colder. This affects many of us and usually results in feelings of sadness, lack of motivation and a decrease in energy levels.
Luckily, there exist a multitude of cures that can prevent the ‘winter blues.’ Here are some suggestions:
Exercise isn’t only great for keeping fit and healthy, but it’s also great as a destresser. Moreover, the effects of a good workout can last for several hours so this means that you’ll have more energy throughout the day and your metabolism will stay elevated too. Let’s also not forget that exercise releases endorphins which are ‘feel good chemicals’ – that will help improve your mood.
A healthy diet
Avoid refined and processed foods, such as white breads, rice, and sugar, as these foods are not only devoid of the nutrients your body craves, but they also decrease your energy levels and can affect your mood, causing depression, lack of concentration and mood swings. It is therefore, important to eat healthy foods which are rich in nutrients – and don’t forget to drink lots of water!
Get some sun
It is a known fact that sunlight provides us with Vitamin D, which in turn also improves our mood. So, during those dreary winter days, try to spend a little more time outdoors and when you’re confined indoors, keep your shades up to let more light in.
Avoid binge drinking
Winter seems to bring with it cosy nights of drinking, however we must never forget that alcohol is actually a depressant so it can make a bad mood even worse! Moderate drinking is fine for most people, but binge drinking is not, as it will zap your energy and destroy your mood, amongst other factors.
Whether it’s scheduling a holiday, working on a new project or simply organising a night out with friends, make sure you have something to look forward to – this will keep you motivated!
I always seem to be busier in winter, however it is important to spend a few minutes each day doing something you love – this will alleviate stress and leave you with calm, positive energy.
Don’t forget the power of social support
Feeling down? Don’t forget those special people in your life who are always there for you and who will always be ready to cheer you up, no matter what.
Aim for seven to eight hours each night and try to keep your hours consistent – that way, your sleeping patterns can normalise and you’ll have more energy. It is, however, important to NOT oversleep as it can actually make you MORE tired.