Winter is now in full swing. As the days get shorter and nights get colder, we can’t help but feel a little down. The “winter blues” are characterized by mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy that some people experience during the cold season. However, there are different things you can do to prevent the blues from coming on:
Exercise is not just for maintaining your weight and staying healthy – it also relieves the stresses of life. A good workout can last for several hours after hitting the showers. You will have more energy throughout the day and your metabolism will stay elevated, too! Exercise definitely helps your mind by releasing those “feel good chemicals”, improving your mood.
EAT A HEALTHY DIET
What you eat and when you eat greatly affects your mood and energy. During the colder months, avoid refined and processed foods such as white bread and sugar. These foods not only lack the nutrients your body craves but they also decrease your energy levels and can affect your mood, causing depression, mood swings and lack of concentration. Try incorporating more complex carbohydrates in your diet and get your daily 8 glasses of water.
Anyone can be motivated especially if they have something to look forward to. Winter seems endless, sure, but if you plan something exciting, your mood improves as you anticipate an event. Plan something exciting – a weekend trip, a party, a day at the spa, a sporting event, etc.
You’re busy – that’s great! However, do not forget to have some time off for yourself. Do not be afraid to decline extra opportunities such as covering a shift for a colleague or bringing food to your kid’s class party. Try spending a few minutes each day doing absolutely nothing. You can read a book or a magazine, go to bed early, take a yoga class, try some meditations, or sleep in on the weekend. You can also choose to stay in your outdoor living area just enjoying your time with a cup of hot cocoa while sitting on your patio furniture.
GET SOME SUN EXPOSURE
Sunlight provides us with vitamin D and it also improves one’s mood! Since winter days are shorter and darker than other months, a lot of people spend less time outdoors. However, lack of sunlight also causes depression for some people. Try spending a little more time outdoors. Make sure to keep your shades up during the day to let more light in. You can also layer up and spend a good 30 minutes or an hour on your outdoor living space! With Palm Casual patio furniture, you can be sure to stay relaxed while sitting on our high quality outdoor furniture. Check out our collections today.