Foolproof Ways to Avoid the Winter Blues
When the cold season kicks in, we spend more time at home and socialize less often. It’s not uncommon to spend the entire holiday season watching TV or lying in bed and hibernating in our homes. Unfortunately, the winter blues are as real as it gets. Also known as the seasonal affective disorder (SAD), this condition causes low energy, mild depression, and loss of motivation & trouble sleeping.
From tweaking your diet to spending time outdoors, there are plenty of things you can do to beat the winter blues and lift your mood. Here are some strategies you can try right now:
Bundle up and head outside
A sunny stroll in the park can boost your vitamin D levels and restore your energy. Not to mention that it’s a great way to burn some extra calories. Enjoy the winter wonderland and take a walk whenever you have some free time. You’ll get in a better mood instantly!
Better yet, ask a friend to join you. If you enjoy winter sports, try a new activity like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or downhill skiing. Many sports store offer rental equipment for you to try the activity before you commit to making a purchase.
Also, in our community, we have several outdoor skating rinks. strap on a pair of hockey skates and enjoy meeting new people in your neighborhood.
Eat a Piece of Chocolate
This trick may sound counterproductive, but it actually works. Chocolate, especially dark varieties, increase endorphin levels in the brain, leading to a better mood. If you’re feeling down, eat a piece of chocolate.
Just make sure you avoid cookies, pasta, and other high-carb foods as they trigger blood sugar spikes followed by crashes.
Isagenix offers 4 varieties of their Isadelight Chocolates. These Individually packaged chocolates with green tea extract, amino acids, and antioxidants to help satisfy cravings. They come in Dark and Milk Chocolate as well as Mint and Sea Salt and Caramel.
Also, check out the Isagenix Energy package for a great way to increase your energy during any time of the year.
Get a Light Box
Sit next to a lightbox for up to 30 minutes each morning to boost your mood and energy levels. This device emits blue light that wards off depression and anxiety. Some studies claim that it’s just as effective as antidepressants, but without the side effects.
The light box provides a measured amount of balanced spectrum light equivalent to standing outdoors on a clear spring day. This has been shown to help regulate the body clock. The light from the box will help synchronize sleep/wake patterns with ones work and lifestyle.
Declutter Your Home
Clutter affects your brain, causing mood swings, fatigue, and low energy. It also impacts your ability to focus and reduces work productivity.
Researchers have linked cluttered spaces to higher stress levels. To get rid of clutter, give your home a makeup! Ditch any objects that you no longer need or use, such as old clothes, decorations, and magazines. You’ll feel much better once you’re done!
These are just a few of the things you can do to fight the winter blues. Get more exercise, watch your diet, and aim for at least eight hours of sleep. Certain foods, especially those rich in protein, omega-3s, zinc, and folic acid, can help too. Surround yourself with positive people and go out more often. Consider taking a winter vacation to beat the blues and lift your mood.
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