I know its technically not winter yet but after the weather we’ve been having it definitely feels like it. I personally quite like winter, I like the wrapping up warm and snuggling up under blankets, I also seem to be the only person who LOVES Christmas.
Just because I love it… doesn’t mean it loves me. Like many other people, I find myself getting a bit too comfortable and could quite easily sit on the sofa for most the day crawling off for food when my belly starts growling. This is where the bad habits start creeping in, along with a love for the snooze button and reassuring yourself you’ll go to the gym later – not.
Welcome to winter blues, also know as SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Don’t worry, it is very common and the NHS suggests it affects around 2 million people in the UK. It is considered a mood disorder and it’s thought that levels of melatonin (a hormone that anticipates the daily onset of darkness) increase due to the lack of daylight which then leads to the feeling of depression and lethargy.
Now you have the facts, you can set your eyes on MY top tips to ensure you beat the blues this winter! (this is not professional advice and are my own tips I use to keep my mood up)
- Get Outside – I’m not talking about the one second walk you make from your front door to your car, I’m talking about actually getting outside. Go for a walk, take your bicycle for a spin. Spend some time in the fresh crispy air, it will soon wake you up.
- Eat Healthy – Eat fresh, increase your vegetables, drink a smoothie, get your vitamins in. Making your own food doesn’t have to take up a lot of time, it also doesn’t have to cost a lot of money – you just need to make the right choices when buying.
- Get Active – This links up well with point 1 because a 30 minute walk outside will make you feel so much better. If you fancy something a bit more interesting then yoga is perfect. For newbies, there are tons of videos on YouTube where you can flow along with a teacher. You don’t need anything to do it either (well except the internet), its just you in your own space, flowing and increasing your energy levels.
- Use your Brain! – Keeping your brain active is just as important as keeping your body active. If you find yourself sitting there staring at a TV screen all day long your not going to be doing yourselves any favors. You need to do something that stimulates the brain; you could do a jigsaw, sell your unwanted clothes on ebay, have a clear out, play a board game with friends, go to the cinema, visit a free museum, invite someone round for dinner. The options are endless and they don’t even have to cost anything!
- Go Away – On another note, if you do have some spare money and time off work, then go on holiday to a nice sunny country. A holiday always leaves you feeling refreshed, energized and ready to take on the world…or the Christmas shopping!
- Buy a Himalayan Salt Lamp – Ok, so these are something new I have come across, I haven’t personally tried this yet but I will be purchasing one ASAP. They have so many benefits that you can’t not have one in your house – plus they look really cute! Salty Lamps are a UK based supplier and they have a huge range of different styles on their website, they also have a page where you can read about the benefits of the lamps, so check it out.
Hopefully now your ready to tackle the winter months, obviously if you feel the winter blues are taking over then you should definitely speak to a doctor!
Stay wrapped up warm and don’t forget to drink lots of hot chocolate (duhhh).
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Love, Dans x