Beat the Winter Blues
16 Jan, 2015
Once the excitement of the holidays is over, I often find myself dreading the last few months of winter. With the days being shorter and the nights getting colder, I just get into a funk; my spirit simply goes down a few notches. If you find yourself feeling a little blue, too, here are a few things you can do to perk up.
1. Achieve a solid intake of Vitamin D. The sun provides your body with Vitamin D, which helps boost your mood. In the winter months the days are darker and shorter so your body doesn’t get the proper amount of Vitamin D it needs. Nutritional supplements such as super greens, Vitamin D and all the B’s are essential to keep your immune system revved up with more energy and vitality.
2. Exercise. In the summer and spring months our bodies stay more active with the generous amount of available outdoor activities. However, when winter comes around, we often become more sedative and therefore lose those “feel good chemicals” exercise provides our bodies.
3. Eat a proper balanced diet. Increase your Omega 3 fatty acids from food and/or supplement capsules. These fats have a powerful role in helping cells take up essential hormones, including those involved in mood regulation. Having enough Omega 3 in your diet helps prevent depression, heart disease, inflammation and strengthens the immune system. Including protein in your diet is essential for energy and stamina and helps your brain produce dopamine, norepinephrine and other neurochemicals that keep you calm, yet alert. Finally, to round off your balanced diet, eat fresh, raw vegetables (ideally organic) as these are packed full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
4. Schedule a massage. How can a massage help in beating the winter blues? To know the answer to that question, you have to understand how a massage works to the recipient’s benefit. Massage is a somatic therapy where the soft tissues of the body are manipulated in order to reduce tiredness or irritability and improve the circulation. Therefore, the treatment is often recommended to alleviate symptoms related to depression and stress. The ancient healing art dates back as far as the Ancient Egyptians but was also used by the Ancient Persians, Hindus and Chinese to heal ailments involving circulation and joints. Evensong Spa provides a variety of massages, each with their own benefits. We would be happy to help you choose which massage best fits your needs.
5. Relax! You’re busy! Work, class, family, friends, appointments, meetings – even if you enjoy being busy, everyone needs some time off. Don’t be afraid to say “No” to extra opportunities. Try to spend a few minutes each day doing nothing. Read a book or magazine, sleep in on the weekend, go to bed early, try some meditations or take a yoga class. Relaxation, especially in the form of yoga, can alleviate stress and leave you with a calm energy. Mental exercises like meditation and positive thinking can help keep depression at bay. We welcome you to join us for meditation and yoga on the remaining Saturdays of January Wellness Month.
In health and happiness,