It’s the time of year when we start feeling a little too cooped up, and possibly even a little gloomy. The holidays are over and there’s not as much getting out for fun, spending time with family, or eating scrumptious treats. Whether it’s due to the lack of sunlight or just because we’re stuck indoors most of the time, we all tend to feel a little bit of cabin fever during the winter months.
Here are five simple and healthy ways that you can combat those winter blues, and come out feeling a little better.
1. Exercise. Studies have shown that exercise raises your endorphin levels and other “happy hormones” that make you feel better. People who exercise just a few days a week tend to have more energy, feel better and are at less risk for things like heart disease. Just simple walking can do you a world of good.
2. Open the curtains and blinds to let in as much light as possible. Even if it is constantly overcast and dreary outside, sunlight is still coming through the clouds. When taken in moderation, sunlight is a great source of energy for the body. Natural sunlight in moderation improves circulation in the body, naturally kills bacteria and viruses, raises your endorphin and serotonin levels, improves sleep cycles and just naturally raises your overall mood.
3. Add in some dark leafy greens to your diet. These vegetables are packed with nutrients and vitamins that are essential for a healthy cardiovascular system and for regulating inflammation. Dark leafy greens naturally improve your circulation which can help benefit your overall mood. Examples of dark leafy greens: kale, spinach, swiss chard and collard greens.
4. It’s time to rev up your immunity and mood with Vitamin C. A somber mood in the winter months actually leaves you more prone to illness. Make sure you are improving your immunity as well as your mood by getting your daily dose of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerhouse that not only kills bacteria and other toxins, but it also acts as a natural anti-depressant.
5. Get a good air-filtration unit for your home. Allergies and sickness can run rampant in a home, and good air quality can promote better overall health of the family. Toxins in your home air can actually worsen depression and anxiety. While purchasing a quality air purifier can be costly, the initial investment makes it worth it in the long-run.
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