When it’s dark and cold outside it’s easy to lose motivation and energy. Here are some tips on how to beat those Autumn blues.
1. Catch the daylight – take time to wrap up and go for a walk on your lunch break and catch whatever rays are available, even if it’s chilly. Natural light is thought to reduce the production of melatonin (which makes you sleepy) and increase the production of serotonin (which boosts your mood). It doesn’t hurt to keep the old step count up either!
2. Exercise regularly – ok, you saw this one coming, but it’s true! Exercising releases all those lovely endorphins that make you feel happy and energised. Plus this 2013 study found that listening to cheery tunes improved participants’ moods so SwingTrain is a mood boosting double whammy!
3. Eat right – you might find you’re craving carbs in winter, which makes sense as they stimulate the release of good old serotonin. The key is to avoid the bag of cookies (although a little of what you like won’t hurt!) and go for whole grains like oats, brown rice, and starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes. They’ll keep your energy levels steady.
4. Eat breakfast – you don’t have to have a hyper protein enriched, omega blitz vitamin shake to give yourself a good start to the day. Just a simple and comforting bowl of porridge with blueberries (a ‘superfood‘!), a sprinkle of selenium rich brazil nuts and a drizzle of honey will give you a serotonin boost and keep you going until lunch time.
5. Take a leaf from Denmark’s book – Hygge (pronounced Hue-guh) is a Danish word that encompasses a feeling of cosy contentment. Hygge means finding joy in the simple things – spending time with friends, woolly jumpers, a hot meal. So make sure to find your Hygge and if you feel like curling up with a good book, do it!