With winter on its way, it is the beginning of short days and darker evenings. As the temperature drops, it is common that we start to feel fatigue and less productive. To help tackle these difficulties this winter, todays post will explore a few helpful tips to boost our energy and make sure we’re making the most of the upcoming winter season.
Power of the Sun!
As days become shorter, we can experience disruptions in our sleep wake cycles. This means our mental body clocks can feel confused by the darkness at 4pm. This lack of light causes our bodies to produce a hormone call melatonin, making us feel ready for bed and leading to a drop in our energy.
In order to help regulate our melatonin levels, we should try to spend as much time outdoors in the light as we can. This can be achieved through taking walks when we have the opportunity or making sure our windows and blinds are open whilst at home.
In these winter days, it can get very tempting to fall into hibernation and hit snooze on our alarm clocks a couple more times than we usually do. However, to tackle the fatigue experienced in the winter we should aim for an average of 8 hours of sleep every night. To help with this, make sure your room is a comfy safe space, clear of any clutter and distractions which might make falling asleep difficult.
Getting that Nutrition!
Within the colder seasons, we can begin to crave more easy takeaway meals whilst ditching our summer salads and meals. As we see less sun, it is very important that we continue to get more vitamin D into our diet. This is as our bodies cannot create enough at this time of year. It is recommended by the NHS to incorporate vitamin rich foods in our diets, including oily fish, red meat and fortified food, breakfast cereals.
Stress! Stress! Stress!
Stress is a major contributor to feeling fatigue and draining all our energy. Whilst it can feel life sometimes pushes and pulls us in all directions, it is important to recognise our stress triggers and causes as well as incorporate helpful skills and solutions to manage them.
The way we all react to stress is unique and individual to us, but there a few things which can be used to try reducing the impact. Meditation, yoga, and mindfulness techniques are commonly used techniques for many people, to make them feel more relaxed and energised throughout their days.
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