The transition between Fall and Winter and the days getting shorter with gloomy mornings and darker evenings throw many of us off balance. Many people are greatly affected by the changing pattern of daylight and darkness, often called the “winter blues.” You might not be feeling your best and be down, sad, irritable, or just less energised than usual. You might experience changes in appetite and difficulty in focusing and concentrating on tasks.
Tips to beat the winter blues:
>Maximize exposure to sunlight and spend more time outdoors. When you are at home, open curtains and blinds. Whenever possible, sit outside on your porch or move furniture to sit near a window. Drive with the windows down in your car to get as much sunlight and fresh air as possible (if it’s warm enough). Light exposure and spending time outdoors can enhance your physical and mental wellbeing. Make sure that your vitamin D3 uptake is optimized.
>Exercise and stay active. Make a sport or take a daily walk if you can. It will relieve stress, improve heart health, reduce blood pressure, help to control weight, and increase energy. Massage your muscles with oils after exercise to relieve stiffness and feel relaxed.
>Eat well and stay hydrated. Be sure to incorporate fruits and vegetables in daily eating habits and choose seasonal products. Cook your meals and prioritise simplicity. A well-balanced and healthy diet is the first step to feeling better. Supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals if you are unable to get them through food. Be sure to drink enough. Dehydration, even mild, can have a negative impact on your physical and mental performance.
>Get enough sleep. It will help to regulate your emotions and to feel more energetic during the day. For a good quality sleep get in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle and keep your bedroom a restful place where you can relax and allow your mind and body to be peaceful, letting go of your worries. Improve the quality of the air inside your bedroom, creating singlet oxygen energy from atmospheric air. Enhance your sleep and relaxation with natural supplementation and herb teas.
>Clean and organise. A clutter-free home is more comfortable, and it is easier to unwind and find peace in a clean and well-organised space. Besides, the cleaner your space is, the less likely you are to attract dust mites or irritating allergies, which can make your winter blues more challenging to manage.
>Do something you love and take extra time taking care of yourself. It will help to make you feel happier and more relaxed. You can enjoy a bath with magnesium flakes, listen to music, read a book, watch a film, reward yourself with something you want, cook your favourite food, or express yourself through creativity.
>Connect, spend time with the family and make plans with friends. Strong social connections and getting others involved can relieve stress and boost the immune system. You can also help others feeling better, so everybody wins.
>Pause and meditate. Take time for purposeful reflection and for thinking on positive things around you. It will boost your mood. Do whatever it takes to re-centre yourself.
>Talk. Putting your feelings and thoughts into words will help you gain perspective and feel better. Plus, you see you are not alone. You might even find others are also experiencing the winter blues, and you can work together to lift one another’s spirits.
>Spend time volunteering. It is a great way to stay busy, keep your mind focused on other things and increase self-confidence. Numerous mental health benefits come with helping others. There are many people, charities and organisations needing your help.