It’s cold, it’s grey, and above all it’s dark: that’s a good description of winter where we are in central Europe. We’re not able to fly off too some south-sea island whenever we want, so we’ll have to make due with the cold and darkness here. Still, there are a few things that we can all can do for a better mood. We have a Enlite the Dark Challenge that we’re doing out with our partner LUMA Active: take care of a different assignment every day and you’ll have the chance to win three months of Goalify Unlimited, and every person who takes part will receive a 20% discount on an order from LUMA Active.
Try to make sure that you’re getting enough sleep – insufficient sleep both lowers the effectiveness of your immune system and makes it more difficult to keep your spirits up. Go to bed early enough so that you have time for a good rest as that’ll make you more ready to take on the next day. Be careful though, as laying around in bed a lot combined with getting too much sleep can actually make you feel more tired.
The sun is highest in the sky around noon, making that the best time to get outside and soak up some rays…along with some fresh air. Sunlight exposure allows your body to make vitamin D, and you’ll likely find that you’re more motivated to take on the afternoon. Soon enough it will be dark again. Physical activity also does a lot to make you feel better, so make sure that you’re also doing things to stay fit through the winter months.
Tea can do more than warm you up when it’s cold outside – it can also improve your mood. Healthy herbs like hops, raspberry leaves and St. John’s wort help to brighten up your mood and make you feel good. Moreover, staying properly hydrated is always a good thing for your body and mind.
Cheerful and warm colors can improve your mood. You could buy some sheets or curtain in bright colors, or even simply adding a colorful pillow to your living space can add some cheer. Sometimes just a small dab of color can be enough to improve your mood.
Make sure that you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals! A vitamin deficiency can quickly bring down your mood. Reach for some tangerines in the wintertime as they’re rich in vitamin C, and also try to eat more root vegetables. That’s a good way to stay fit and trim in the winter.
From time to time take a timeout and do something nice for yourself. One example is spending some time in a sauna, and winter is the ideal time because it will really warm you up, and it helps to detoxify your body at the same time. Maybe you go once a week, or maybe just once a month – the main thing is that you regularly detox in some way. You’ll feel all the positive effects right away, among them a boost in how well your immune system works.
Sure, it can be tempting to just hang out alone on your comfy sofa. Keep in mind, though, that spending time with friends and family can really lift your spirits. It’s good for you! We all feel better when we’re around other people…it’s just relaxing somehow. Go ahead and do it: pick up the phone and make plans to meet a special someone!
Once a week, do something that you have never done before. You could go to a museum that you’ve never been to, or you could check out that public library. How about choosing a different route to or from work? You can do something new, or you can also learn something new – both kinds of activity will take your mind of the darkness and cold!
How do you pass the time in the winter? Do you have a few special tips for us? Maybe you just head south until the warm days return? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment. We look forward to finding out what you think!