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Beat the Winter BLAHS

winter blahs

Waking up to a dark, cold house during the chilly winter months isn’t exactly the most motivating way to kick start a productive day. Here are a few ways to combat the winter BLAHS and get yourself up and moving!

GET THOSE 8 HOURS IN!

Do you feel like you never get quite enough sleep? Adults should aim for 7-8 hours of slumber each night. Many of us don’t have this luxury, or don’t know how to “unplug” properly before going to bed. Although it’s temping to take advantage of the late hours because of the peace and quiet it brings, it’s important to know that this can backfire by postponing your turn-in time, and inhibit your ability to catch a full 8 hours of precious sleep. Turn off the electronics and give yourself a chance to unwind so that bedtime will come easier. You deserve a good night’s rest 🙂

EXERCISE

Yes, it’s always tempting to skip the workout on those cold & rainy mornings. But DON’T DO IT! You will ultimately be much happier if you bundle up and get to the gym. Even a quick walk around the block while drinking up the natural daylight will help reduce those blahs. Better yet – bring a friend to brighten your mood even more! If it’s extra chilly, just throw on an extra layer and peel it off as your body begins to warm up. Once you’re up and moving, you’ll be glad you fought that urge to stay in your warm cocoon.

NUTRITION

Refined and sugar-laden foods are not only devoid of the nutrients your body craves, but they zap your energy levels and can negatively affect your mood—causing depression, lack of concentration, and mood swings. By incorporating more complex carbohydrates like whole wheat breads, brown rice, veggies and fruit, as well as drinking 8 cups of water each day will help you will stabilize your blood sugar and your energy levels. Greater energy can mean greater happiness!

AROMATHERAPY

Whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, aromatherapy can be a highly effective way to combat the winter blahs and even help fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD.) According to a NIH study, aromatherapy can act as a supplementary treatment to depressive symptoms. Smells can be a big source of comfort and evoke happy memories. The soothing scents of lavender and jasmine have been noted to help with symptoms of depression and insomnia. Try adding a couple of drops of these essential oils to your bath water, in a diffuser, or aroma lamp to help you relax.

-Stephanie Doty, Team AVAC®

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Author: stephdoty

Almaden Valley Athletic Club®

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