TIPS FOR BOOSTING YOUR WINTER WELLBEING
Winter is a dark time, so our bodies produce more melatonin in response. This leads to excessive feelings of fatigue and tiredness.
Evidence suggests there are steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
1. Connect with other people
Isolation and lack of communication are the two biggest reasons for depression, mental and physical illnesses. No matter how busy your family and work life is, try to dedicate some time to friends and socialise with them. Communicating with others lowers the stress level. If you have heard of laughter therapy, it also has the same purpose to reduce the stress in which you laugh with other people.
2. Be physically active
When you remain physically active and exercise daily, your blood flow improves in your entire body. With the increased blood flow, the number of oxygen increases and you feel more energetic, fresh and mentally active.
In addition to your mental health, exercise strengthens your bones and muscles that prevent you from a different type of personal injuries during a workout or running your daily errands.
3 . Learn new skills
Hobby helps us keep busy and engaged. When you have an interest in some activities and enjoy doing them, you take healthy steps to improve your emotional wellbeing. It also keeps the work and daily life’s pressure off your brain. Finding new hobbies is great for strengthening your brain and boost your mood.
4. Give to others
Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by creating positive feelings and a sense of reward, as well as giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth. It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community.
5. Live in the moment (Be mindful)
The biggest reason for experiencing mood swings, depression and anxiety are when a person remains stuck in past events. Negative self-talking is not good, learn to live in the present moment and try not to think too much about the future.
6. Take proper sleep
Our body needs proper sleep and rest to heal and renew the energy to function properly. This healing is essential for physical and mental activity throughout the day. An adult body needs nearly 6 to 7 hours of sleep per day. So make sure you take enough sleep.
7. Eat a balanced diet
The food you consume determines how healthy your inner system is. Moreover, it also helps in determining your emotional health and mental illnesses such as depression. Health and wellness experts suggest that you should eat fruits and vegetables in sufficient amount. Moreover, eating nuts and lentils also strengthens your heart. Try to avoid caffeine, sugar and processed food as much as possible.
8. Expose your body to sunlight
Vitamin D deficiency leads to several problems such and Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. When you are exposed to sunlight, it causes the release of endorphins also called ‘happiness hormones’ that is responsible for the productivity of the brain. So, take some time out of your routine and spend some time in sunlight.