When it’s cold, dark and the days are short it can really get to you…
You wake up to a freezing room which makes your bed seem the ‘place to stay’, and procrastinate about getting up and de-icing the car.
However, there are small proactive things you can do which will begin to beat down those ‘winter blues’, and see you become to enjoy the winter wonderland you are in.
Here are my top tips to beat these commonly experienced ‘winter blues’:
1. GO WORKOUT
What do you expect from a Fitness Professional!?!
You know this – you know it works – but let’s just re-emphasis it “exercise improves our mood!”
Exercise results in the release of endorphins which can be really useful in keeping our mental health in check.
Find what works for you – whether that’s a run, a walk, a cycle or an intense weights workout or HIIT routine.
By having a clear and planned exercise routine with accompanying fitness goals is a great way to keep focused, release stress and become a welcome break from the other day-to-day activities.
Message me if you need some home workouts to get you going.
2. YOUR ROUTINE
Creating and sticking to routine that works for you is super useful.
A clear routine is a great coping mechanism in times of stress and uncertainty.
Have a clear get-up and bedtime, a clear workout time, a clear family/friend time – structure it in a way that suits you – but once in place make it a priority.
3. GET OUTDOORS
Lack of light and fresh air are massive contributors to the ‘winter blues’ fund!
Make time for a walk (or run/cycle) each day in daylight, meaning you get your hit of vitamin D.
It really does elevate your mood, even if you don’t feel like it when you set off!
4. EAT HEALTHY WHOLE-FOODS
Invest time in cooking good healthy food.
And if you see cooking as a ‘waste of time’ double-up by listening to a podcast or music while doing the task.
The effect of good food isn’t just on your body, but also on your mind!
5. THE ORGANISATIONAL BOOST
A ‘spring clean’ or de-clutter is a mood booster for most, no matter what time of year.
However, the year end or start is a particularly perfect time to go through the house, reorganise and throw away anything you no longer require.
6. THE FRIENDS & FAMILY BOOST
Be sure to keep in regularly contact with friend and family, even if it’s only by phone or zoom in the current climate.
Sharing your worries, even if the person doesn’t have the solution at the end of it, can really help.
The ‘winter blues’ are very common, and having experiences of it is carries no stigma or reason to be ashamed.
By applying the above tips you can most definitely reduce the effects and have a positive impact on your lifestyle,
However, if the ‘winter blues’ really hit you hard and you’re struggling with mental health issues, the best course of action is to speak to your GP or doctor.