Stay Happy this Winter
Keep the festive spirit alive this winter
It's that time of year again when the festive cheer plays through the speakers but we aren't sharing the same festive spirit. Longer, darker nights, the chill whipping across our faces and doubling up on gloves to keep our fingers attached to our hands. These factors combined can leave us feeling somewhat blue and lacking that certain sparkle. Have no fear as the experts have shared their top tips with us to keep you feeling bright like the North Star this coming winter season.
Natural Winter Mood Boosters
Get up and go
As soon as you wake up get yourself out of bed and open the curtains - even if it’s dark outside. Let the natural light work it’s magic as soon as possible. “Sunlight or bright daylight stimulates our body’s production of serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’. So the dark and dull days of winter can easily deplete your serotonin levels, making you feel low, sluggish and tired. Do what you can to maximize your natural light exposure,” - Nutritionist Shona Wilkinson
Don't stop moving
Studies have shown that even an hour of exercise a week may curb depression. Even though the freezing temps are somewhat unappealing, try not to use this as an excuse to miss your training session. If you’re lacking energy and need an extra boost try Nature’s Plus Ultra Juice Green Powder which works as a double whammy. It will help to support your energy and is also rich in natural anti-oxidants which can help support your immunity during the winter months.
Feed the soul
“When we are feeling down, we can be tempted by snacks that are high in sugar or quickly absorbed carbohydrates, such as cakes, biscuits and chocolate. This is because carbs and sugar can provide a quick boost – not only in energy, but also in serotonin (the ‘happy hormone’). However this benefit will only last an hour or two, then we are likely to feel down again and reach for more sugar or stimulants – a vicious cycle! These highs and lows in energy induced by sugary foods can be unhelpful for anyone’s mood, but may be especially associated with low mood in winter – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). To achieve a healthier balance, go for snacks that contain a good combination of slow-releasing (unrefined) carbohydrates, proteins, and if possible, some healthy fats. So for a mood-boosting snack try a slice of smoked salmon on two oatcakes. The salmon provides protein and essential fats, while the oatcakes provide slow-releasing carbohydrates.” - Nutritionist Cassandra Barns.
Have some lol's
Back away from the duvet-fort when coming in from a tough day at work. Instead get your friends together and have some downtime with your nearest and dearest, after all laughter is the best natural form of medicine. “Oxytocin is another ‘feel good’ hormone. Released when we bond socially and feel general trust, comfort and love, this hormone is just as powerful as serotonin. Whenever you feel low and need a lift, spend time with your family and friends to mellow down and feel instantly better.” – Shona Wilkinson