How to Avoid the Winter Blues

As summer has ended it’s common to experience a downturn in your mood. The bleak weather outside combined with the reduced hours of daylight can be altogether overwhelming. Not to mention the Coronavirus pandemic plaguing the world at the moment,

There are some simple initial steps you can take to start feeling better again

In the winter exercise may be the last thing you want to do but research has shown that physical activity is an effective way to boost endorphins and ultimately your mood. The hardest part is just getting started but the sooner you do, the sooner you’ll start feeling the benefits and the easier it will become.

Avoid Unrealistic Goals

Although exercise is important in overcoming the winter blues, it’s better to first start your fitness journey with realistic goals. Set your goals using a SMART formula (This stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time orientated). Following this approach will ensure you avoid the disappointment of making slower-than-expected progress and will reduce the likelihood of you giving up.

Eat Food That Keeps You Full For Longer

When we feel full and energised it promotes an internal positivity. Food that digests slower keep us fuller for longer with a steady source of energy. Examples include porridge, cherries, pears, broccoli and lentils, to name a few. Try avoid foods high in sugar giving us a big burst of energy, followed by a crash!

Take a Vitamin D Supplement

Known as the ‘sunshine’ supplement. With the reduced amount of daylight it can be difficult to get enough Vitamin D, so it’s important to get this somewhere else. Vitamin D is important for regulating the amount of calcium and phosphates in our bodies; nutrients which are required to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. It also helps to regulate sleep patterns, so it’s easy to see how you can feel down when you’re low in supply.

Plan Your Next Holiday

There’s nothing like planning a trip away to take your mind off the dark days and cold nights. Scientists say that simply looking forward to a bit of time in the sun is enough to keep your endorphins boosted! Unfortunately booking a holiday at the moment is not that easy right now so instead of booking your entire getaway in one go, why not spread it out. Each night do a little more research of different places to go, or a different part of your holiday. So, the question is, where will you go?


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Disclaimer: The purpose of this blog is to share advise from personal experience and good practices on fitness, nutrition and lifestyle. Content is sourced from a host of contributors not all of whom are qualified professionals. This blog is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any injuries/illnesses. Always consult your personal physician for specific medical advice