Winter Blues and Ways You Can Combat It.

beat the winter bluesIn states that get really cold and clouds cover blocking the sun, people can become a little depressed or suffer from the Winter Blues.  Part of the reason is from those dark and gloomy days, but the other part is the lack of vitamin D which we naturally get from the sun’s rays along with other nutrient deficiencies.  Along with this our energy levels plummet causing a sliding effect on our systems and mental state of being.

Although we can’t force or make the sun shine there are ways to combat The Winter Blues.  Below I will give you a list that can help with symptoms and give you action steps you can take to prevent or pull out of the Winter Blues

  • Blue/White Lights

Blue and white lights can be expensive, and you have to sit with them for a certain amount of time, but have had a great effect on some people.  If you have a job at a desk or work from inside your home then this is one option worth looking at.
Therapy Lamp, for Seasonal Disorders

  • Joining a gym

joining a gymExercise has been known to help improve the outlook of a person by upping their endorphins and blood flow.  It also helps because gyms are usually full in the Winter based on weather conditions and therefore is a great way to get out, meet and say hello to people you know.

Endorphin meaning: any of a group of hormones secreted by the brain and nervous system and having a number of physiological functions. They are peptides which activate the body’s opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect.

  • Saunas, Steam Rooms, and Hot Tubs

You may get the benefit of these when you join a gym or perhaps should look at joining just for the benefits of these.  Saunas, Steam Rooms, and Hot Tubs are a way to relax and release some unwanted stress.  Oils can be used in all but hot tubs to give a cleansing, uplifting or stress relieving feel.  We are creatures of sensation so choosing an oil that will help you is an added bonus when using these rooms.

  • Oils

Well, I’ve already listed one way to use oils above, but you can also have them going in your home 24-7.  A diffuser runs in my home all throughout the day to help give a boost in the Winter, or to add the smell of spice for the Holidays or even when the children are sick I have an oil that helps them breathe at night.  Oils are a big part of my life and I absolutely love the effects they have on a person.

  • Diet

healthy foodsWhat we put in our body can have a great effect on your energy, attitude and our overall state of being.  Food is so amazing that way.  Instead of seeing this as a bad thing I’ve learned to embrace it.  Knowledge is power and the knowledge of how foods can give you energy is priceless.  With the natural vitamins helping boost your mood, you will have a head start for the Winter months.

Instead of being depressed and grabbing the sweets or ice-cream, why not pick some colorful fruits and have them handy for a snack?  Fruits have Vitamin C and therefore help with immunity and energy.  Of course, all food is for energy. But that doesn’t mean all foods are created equal when it comes to their enhancing powers. Energy-boosting foods are also metabolism-boosting foods: foods that support our bodies’ abilities to convert food into energy. B-complex vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids are some of the most energy-boosting nutrients available, but many other nutrients and flavors are associated with increased wakefulness and alertness.  Here is my top ten list of foods to help combat the Winter Blues:

  1. top ten foods to combat the winter bluesSalmon has omega 3 fatty acid.
  2. Citrus is full of immune-boosting vitamin C.
  3. Eggs are a super food and good for any meal!
  4. Beans offer protein and vitamin B which is good for energy.
  5. Walnuts also have omega-3.
  6. Leafy Greens help promote energy with high levels of brain-boosting Folate, Vitamins C, K, Calcium, and Beta-Carotene.
  7. Bran Cereal or Granola.  My absolute favorite is Wild Blueberry Flax Granola.
  8. Dark Chocolate. We’re talking really dark here. If you’re eating chocolate for energy, you want the highest cacao concentration possible. That’s because cacao has nutrients that fight stress and boost energy and focus. Dark chocolate also contains a kick of caffeine, which helps to boost energy levels quickly.
  9. Coffee has obvious benefits because of the caffeine, but in moderation can aid in things such as dementia, heart failure, and even some cancers.
  10. Water  If you’re feeling sluggish it could be from dehydration.  Make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your energy and body functioning properly.
  • Vitamins

Are in different foods we eat, but rarely does a person have a perfect diet.  If you feel you do, then great!  If not supplementing is a healthy choice.  Not all vitamins are equal, so I’ll give you this link where I purchase all of mine NUTRILITE.  Once you are on this site just type in Vitamin D, Vitamin B dual action, Vitamin C and so on.  D, B, and C are on the top of my list and the ones I take on a regular basis, especially in the Winter.  This particular Vitamin D also has vitamin K2 which helps get calcium from your bloodstream into your bones.

  • Vacation

winter vacationLet’s face it, sometimes a person just needs to get away.  We don’t mind our routines a lot of the year, but when Winter comes it can sometimes be a drag.  Saving your vacation time for Winter if you are prone to get the Winter Blues might be the best thing you can do.  Don’t mistake me, it isn’t the cure-all.  All of the things I’ve listed above should still be a part of your Winter challenge.  If however, you can and have the time to get away, then scheduling a few days or a week off will only help.

All of these things listed will not only help with the Winter Blues but will help in giving you more energy and a positive outlook all throughout the year.  Anytime we treat our Body, Mind, and Soul generously, we will reap the rewards.

Here’s to you and beating those Winter Blues.

-Heather Earles

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