You may have heard of “Blue Monday” – the supposed most depressing day of the year – but the truth is, there’s no scientific evidence to back up this claim. What we do know is that the winter months can be tricky for some people, with shorter days, colder weather, and the festive season being over, it can be easy to feel a bit down in the dumps.
But don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can do to help boost your mood and beat those winter blues! Here are my top five tips for staying happy and healthy during the winter months.
- Get some fresh air and sunshine!
Even just a few minutes outside can do wonders for your mood and energy levels.
- Get moving!
Exercise is a great way to release endorphins, which are the “happy hormones”.
- Connect with loved ones.
Spending time with friends and family can provide a sense of support and companionship.
- Try something new!
Alternative therapies like acupuncture or meditation can help reduce stress and promote feelings of calm and well-being.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
If you’re feeling down for a prolonged period of time, it’s important to speak with a mental health professional to get the support you need.
- Take Vitamin D
Vitamin D levels tend to be lower in the winter months, due to a lack of sunlight and has been linked to low mood and an increased likelihood of SAD. Vitamin D3 is best taken with Vitamin K2 in the same bottle so that we absorb three times the amount than if taking Vitamin D3 alone. Vitamin K2 is the driver and drives Vitamin D3 to all the receptor sites.
Remember, it’s completely normal to feel a bit down during the winter months, but by taking care of yourself, you can beat those blues and feel great! And who knows, you may even discover a new hobby or two!