Transitioning into the winter solstice means even shorter days and chillier weather that makes us want to huddle under a blanket with a plate of cookies instead of making a green smoothie, and tackling a morning workout. Seasonal Affective Disorder is better known as S.A.D is the culprit behind the case of the blues many people experience this time of year and leaves many of us feeling lackluster and unmotivated. The good news is that you’re not alone, and there are some great tips to get you out of hibernation mode, and feeling your best.
Keep it Moving
When it was warm out, it was probably easier to roll out of bed and go for a jog around the neighborhood. If getting out is too unbearable, bring your exercise routine indoors whether it’s signing up for a gym membership, or doing a workout at home. YouTube is a great resource with hundreds of workouts that don’t require fancy exercise equipment or take much space. Cold weather can be hard on achy joints, and movement keeps muscles warm, and less prone to injury.
Put the Brakes on Sugar
Sweet comfort food cravings are at an all-time high this time of year, especially during the festive holiday season. As we attend parties, gather with family, and cozy up on the sofa indulging in all the sweet treats can leave us feeling heavy, and sluggish. Instead, choose antioxidant-rich, and immune-boosting seasonal fruit. Even root vegetables like sweet potatoes, parsnips, and squash are perfect to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and lemongrass are uplifting and soothing. Oil diffusers are available online or in health food stores and can be used in your living space to disperse mood-enhancing aromas without the harmful artificial fragrance used in commercial sprays, and plug-ins. A few drops on a cotton ball tossed into pillowcases, or even in your car can deliver a powerful calming effect.
When dark days have you feeling down, U.V light therapy can be a highly effective way to get a dose of sunshine. U.V lamps are designed to simulate sunlight, which experts say can drastically improve your mood. These devices are popular in sun-deprived areas like Alaska, and Sweden, where people have reported lower levels of depression with regular use.
Find warmth this winter surrounded by family, and friends remembering the greatest gift this season is the gift of good health.
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