At least the shortest day of the year is past us which means from here on out, our days will be getting longer. Spring isn’t too far away… but winter is still in full force. And with this force comes the daily fight to stay energized and healthy. Partly due to gray days and colder weather, unfortunately, most of us feel some sort of negative effects of winter on our body, mind and spirit. We’ve put together eight natural tips on how to get energized, uplifted and inspired this winter season.
1. Fight Darkness with Light
Feeling sluggish when winter hits? Enduring the darker, colder season can be a drag. Maximize your sunlight by opening blinds first thing in the morning to set your circadian rhythms up for an energized day. Get light during your day by bundling up and heading out for a winter walk or refreshing run. Natural light can help you add a little color and vitality to your life and combat winter fatigue.
2. Mood-Boosting Mindful Eating
Eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day to prevent feeling lethargic from a big, heavy meal. Reduce or eliminate sugars, processed foods and alcohol…instead, load up on real, live foods from the earth that are full of nutrients.
When you eat, eat intentionally and with purpose (think: this is the exact opposite of eating in front of your computer or TV). You’ll learn how food affects your mood and energy throughout the day and begin to enjoy the eating experience more. As a result, you’ll also enjoy life more when you’re in the present moment
Mindful eating is kind of like meditation: learning to pay attention. Instead of eating mindlessly, putting food into your mouth almost unconsciously, not really tasting the food you’re eating … you notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
3. Sunlight Supplement
In the summer and spring months, you tend to get Vitamin D from the sun (UVB), so, in the winter months when we’re inside more often, one of the biggest causes of a lack of energy is from a vitamin D deficiency. Research suggests Vitamin D also aids in fighting depression and protects against colds. Get plenty of natural sunlight, eat egg yolks and fatty fish like salmon, or supplement smartly. We recommend Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw D3.
4. Center Your Mind with Meditation
Within just a few minutes of meditation, you can get your mind back on track and receive your energy (no matter how freezing cold or dark it is outside). If we take a little time each day to simply sit and just be, our nervous system will start to balance and your spirits will be lifted. Keep calm and carry on!
Earthing, also known as grounding, is simply connecting with the Earth. Positive electrons in the form of free radicals can build up in our bodies and some studies show that the direct contact with the ground helps to balance this out as it is a negative grounding charge. Although it may be a little more difficult to “touch the earth”, with your bare skin, when the weather is cooler, you just need to get creative, for example: pick up a snowball with your bare hands!
6. Sleep Away the Seasonal Slump
Prevent being a moody mess for four long months by ensuring you get plenty of rest! Plus, studies show that the when you get the right amount of sleep (7-8 hours), the healthier you’ll be. Sleep regulates the release of the hormone cortisol which stimulates the cells that boost your immune system. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get at least 7 hours of sleep a night (kids and teens need more).
So, if you’re starting to feel sleepy, don’t fight it! That’s a loud and clear message from your body telling you exactly what it needs. Do it a favor: turn off Netflix and go to bed.
7. Move It to Boost Your Mood
Taking the time to exercise will give you more energy, help you sleep better (resulting in more energy) and improve your mood. Even if it is too cold to do anything outside, there are plenty of indoor exercises that you can do to keep you feeling vibrantly energized. Try hot yoga or anything that you enjoy and makes you work up a sweat!
8. Winter Wellness
Juicing is so essential to winter wellness; it’s one of the most important times of the year that we need it. Drinking fresh-pressed juice supports your immune system; it’s key during cold and flu season. When you arm yourself with this natural “weapon,” your body will become more alkaline; it’s a great way to get the nutrients you need without using energy on other things like digesting. And when you maintain your body pH at an alkaline level you’ll help viruses stay dormant in the body (acidic levels, on the other hand, set the perfect environment for viruses to multiply).
Plus, juicing supports your body’s efforts to move the toxins out and helps to shift the build-up of negative thoughts and energy that weigh us down in the winter.
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Note: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a subtype of major depression that comes and goes around the same time every year (fall and winter). It’s normal to have some days when you feel down. But if you feel down for days at a time and you can’t get motivated to do activities you normally enjoy, see your doctor.