As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, we all run the risk of becoming grumpy and feeling gloomy. Follow these simple guidelines to boost your energy levels, and improve your mood.
Winter doesn’t have to get in the way of your exercise routine. Work out with a yoga video, stomp through the snow, join a gym. You need your endorphins now more than ever.
Being around family, friends and neighbors can help to brighten your mood. Even if you don’t have time for a big break, you can make a phone call, send a postcard, or catch up for tea. [Also Read: Sip The Blues Away With Tasty Teas]
Aim to catch a shut eye for 7-8 hours every night, and try to keep your bedtime and waking time consistent. This has been scientifically proven to improve sleep patterns, even in insomniacs.
Plan fun activities in advance, so you have good events to look forward to: A spa day, a massage, a winter hike, a visit with an old friend, anything that brings you joy. This is the time for you to do some soul-searching, and discover the things that truly bring you joy.
Lack of sunlight can cause many people to become depressed. Try to spend a little more time outdoors. Keep your shades up during the day to let more light in. Natural sunlight, whenever you have access to it, can brighten your mood and help you get through the cold winter months.