Beat the blues this winter with our simple tricks to stay bright and breezy
We’re fast approaching autumn and winter will be next and that can trigger sadness in some people. Plummeting temperatures mean the warm and fun freedom of summer is long gone, and many of us are suddenly looking for ways to beat winter blues.
We all know that exercise can really boost our mood. But let’s face it, right now, you’d rather be curled up on the sofa with a dish of homemade comfort food than getting your recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week.
I mean, how on earth are we supposed to be motivated when we can’t even commit to one Netflix show at a time? Help!
It can be so easy to switch to hibernation mode during cold winter evenings, but Living is here to give you some top tips for how to beat the winter blues and stay on track this winter.
1. Soak up some sunlight
A lack of sunlight can leave you feeling like a sloth and can disrupt your natural sleep cycle. Take every chance you get to pop outdoors and soak up some natural daylight, even if it’s just on your lunch break, and try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day.
2. Exercise and meditation
Going back to work, sorting out that list of problems you’ve been putting off for ages and getting back into a busy routine can all combine to create stress. You feel pressured to get everything done during shorter daylight hours and it can all make you feel tired and lethargic, so try to exercise or meditate to balance out any negativity.
Not loving the idea of running in the winter chill with the cold night air swirling around your ankles? Try signing up for an indoor class like salsa dancing, yoga or badminton. If you’re not yet ready to be seen in public sweating and wheezing, try some YouTube work outs at home in front of the telly. #SummerBodiesAreMadeInTheWinter
3. Eat more fruit and veg
Have you finally devoured the last of the party food in the freezer? If you really want to beat the winter blues, it’s time to turn to comforting winter vegetables and soups and possibly even explore some veg you don’t normally add to the menu. Remember to add more garlic and onions to your dishes as they contain potent oils that have an anti-microbial action, so they may help protect against bacterial and viral infections!
4. Have a hot and cold shower
Stay with us on this one but studies have found that varying the temperature of a daily shower from hot to cold (about every 2-3 minutes) creates a fierce body response increasing white blood cell production to keep you healthy. Failing that, it will certainly wake you up!
5. Remember that every little counts
A rubbish run is better than no run at all, and a 20-minute brisk walk is better than nothing, so if you don’t feel up to starting that marathon training chart you may have over-enthusiastically pinned to your wall, that’s completely OK. There are so many amazing and beautiful Staffordshire walks to enjoy. Try to get out and do what you can, when you can.
6. Look after yo’ self
Winter weather hates your skin and hair, so you’re going to want to re-hydrate with moisturisers, plenty of water, face masks, hair masks, conditioner, and basically anything which will help you not look like a walnut. Long luxurious baths can also help you rehydrate and de-stress and the perfect remedy to the winter blues.
7. Check in with friends
It can be so easy to feel lonely over the winter period, so checking in with friends is always a good idea. Pop someone a text to ask them what’s up, or arrange a movie night in and treat yourselves to some Prosecco and pizza (well, we don’t have to be good all the time!).