How to Stay Happy This Winter
Posted on November 26th, 2016
As exciting and magical as the holidays can be, the change of seasons usher in a whole new set of emotions. It’s colder, gets dark earlier and can mean endless grey skies, all of which can leave you feeling blah. The goal in life is to do everything possible to nourish our best qualities so that we can live our most enriching life. Therefore, ain’t nobody got time for them winter blues.
Here are some tips that will help you stay uplifted this winter:
Whether you go to a studio or practice at home, yoga helps us find internal peace. On a physical level, yoga can help lower blood-pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, as well as tune up the lungs, heart and blood vessels. A regular yoga practice also increases flexibility and muscle strength. This practice of going within helps with self-esteem which can be especially important during the winter months when you might be less active. According to Harvard Medical School research, those who regularly practice yoga tend to be more mindful in other activities such as eating. Mindful eating can make your meal much more satisfying and prevent overeating which we all know doesn’t leave you feeling your best.
Winter months mean less sunlight. Since you won’t be soaking up as many rays, it’s important to get adequate amounts of vitamin D through your diet. The best source of foods with vitamin D are oily fish (like salmon and tuna), red meat, egg yolks and some dairy products. As vitamin D isn’t always easy to get through your diet, supplements are a great way to ensure you get your recommended daily dose.
It’s easier during the winter months to be much more sedentary. Don’t let the cold weather get the best of you! Even if it’s only a short walk, get bundled up because getting fresh air is incredibly uplifting for your mind. Opt to walk and catch up next time you meet your friend for tea. It’s very enjoyable to walk with company and you’ll both reap the benefits of an instant mood boost!
Invest in a light
Seasonal depression is a real thing. Improve your energy levels and your mood by investing in a light. It’s a investment that might by the key to decreasing that gloomy ‘I haven’t seen the sun in ages’ feeling.
I hope these tips help make your winter a little happier