Beating the Winter Blues
Posted on 29 July 2014
Read our top tips for beating the winter blues here.... no special equipment required. =)
Enjoy the sunshine. Aim to indulge in a little sunlight each day, sunlight helps to enhance the production of your own happy neurotransmitters in your brain. Even if you need to ‘chase’ the sunlight around your backyard or outside your work building, this alone can help to improve mood and vitality.
Stay active and exercise. Like sunlight, exercise and activity helps with your mood by boosting the ‘feel good’ chemicals that your body naturally produces. Look to find ways to include different ways to stay active, even taking a walk on your lunch break in the sunshine or walking rather than driving to the local store. Yoga, pilates or stretching can be part of your wet weather contingency plan when outdoors exercise is just not on the cards.
Eat Well. Let’s call this the ABC of Eating Well in Winter:
- Avoid or limit sugar. While sugar can give you a short term boost of energy, in the long term it can drain your energy and lower your mood.
- Use herbs and spices to invigorate your senses and enhance your mood. Include rosemary, turmeric or cayenne pepper in your meals to create foods that are both delicious and mood-boosting.
- Green up your food with some robust winter vegetables like kale and swiss chard that are packed full of vitamin C and minerals to help boost our immune system and our moods. Include these green beauties in soups, stir-fries and warm salads.
Sleep well, but not too much. On colder days many of us tend to want to sleep for longer in the morning. To keep moods balanced we generally need around eight hours of continuous sleep, and waking at the same time each morning can help to regulate energy levels during the day.
Socialise with friends. Getting out and connecting with friends and family is a great way to stave off the winter blues. The ultimate mood boosting meet-up with friends would be a walk in a park in the sunshine followed by a picnic of delicious homemade food flavoured with warming winter herbs and spices – naturally.
Surround yourself with bright colours. Colours influence our moods and in winter surrounding ourselves with bright yellows and orange colours can help us to feel more alive and vibrant. Colour can be introduced with some simple flowers in your house, a different coloured scarf that you wear on the way to work or using a brightly coloured mug for your warming herb tea.
Of course this is not intended as a replacement for professional advice if you have a serious medical condition. If you think you need additional guidance regarding your moods, emotions or feelings please do seek additional support from a health professional.
Eat well, stay warm, exercise and above all … have fun.