Winter is officially only days away and the cold, gloomy weather can often put a damper on your mood. Here are 6 tips to keep your mind and body healthy and happy this winter!
1) Eating right
Enjoying a balanced and healthy diet is a great way to stay in shape physically and mentally. Eating plenty of whole grains, healthy fats, vegetables and fruits as part of your daily diet will not only keep your mind and body sharp, it will also help avoid that ‘extra padding’ that can sometimes find its way onto our bodies in winter. Include fatty fish in your diet like mackerel, tuna, and salmon which are high in omega-3s and eat dark green, leafy vegetables and nuts to support brain function and health.
2) Pet therapy
Pets are wonderful mood lifters and make great companions all year round but especially in the cooler months. By playing with your pet, whether it’s chasing a ball outside, or sitting on the couch together, you’re able to distract yourself from the hustle and bustle of life, even if just for a moment. Family pets offer more than just love by being a very calming and therapeutic experience.
3) Do some endorphin boosting exercise
Exercise is a natural and free antidepressant. Exercise doesn’t necessarily mean a 5km run or 60-minute boxing session, even just a thirty-minute walk every day can help boost your mood during winter and even help you sleep better at night. Instead of going out for lunch with friends, why not meet up for a walk first and make exercise a social occasion instead of a core.
4) Consume less caffeine
We all need that early morning coffee to wake us up but consuming too much caffeine can cause the jitters and feelings of nervousness and anxiousness. Though, scientists have still not found any kind of clear connection between depression and caffeine, if you cut down on caffeine, it can help in improving your sleep and reduce risks of depression.
5) Don’t ignore aches and pains
Back, knee and any other pain shouldn’t go untreated, even if it’s just a niggle. Have your doctor examine any ongoing pain that you experience before it becomes something serious. Don’t self-medicate with over the counter pain medication. Over consumption can lead to addiction and can be bad for your body in high doses.
6) Take time out
Indulging in a hot bath, a yoga class or a relaxing massage is great for the mind, body and soul. Make sure you allow yourself some downtime each week to relax and rejuvenate for the week ahead.