If darker, shorter and colder winter days make you feel like hibernating, don’t despair. There are a few simple ways to boost your energy during the winter months.
Here are four tips to help fight the winter blahs:
1. Get Glowing: Exposure to bright light as you wake up will help motivate you to get moving in the morning. If the bedside lamp won’t cut it, try a light box that’s designed to mimic outdoor lighting, making it easier to stay awake when the alarm goes off during those dark winter mornings.
2. Get involved in social activities: Get out to see friends and family. Find a daily or weekly activity you enjoy, it will be easier to get out of the house more often. This could include joining a club or organization or volunteering at a local animal shelter.
3. Get moving: The sofa beckons, but try to avoid its siren song. Exercise can be a good mood enhancer and can sharpen your mental health. Find an activity you enjoy and put it on your calendar so it becomes part of your routine. Why wait for the New Year to make a resolution to get moving? Move whenever you can to boost your heart rate. Consistent exercise also will help keep off holiday pounds.
4. Eat Right: Cakes and cookies may be tempting, but try to eat nutritious foods. Cut back on white breads and rice and choose whole grain foods for healthy carbs and protein. Salmon and sardines are rich with Omega-3s, which can help alleviate the winter blues. And get your Vitamin C from produce such as oranges and kiwi. Persimmons and guava are rich in antioxidants and are in season during the winter months.
And remember, in the Northern Hemisphere, the days will start getting longer after December 21, which is the winter solstice — otherwise known as the shortest day of the year.
The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team