This is the time of year where there’s lots of shopping, baking, gift wrapping and general Holiday cheer right? Well, for some people that last part is really hard to come by. I’m talking about SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, depression that comes from shorter days, longer nights, less sun, less activity due to colder conditions and the list can go on.
I personally am affected by this every year and knowing that you’re more susceptible to it can give you a great advantage if you take some steps to help ward it off. So here is a quick list of what I like to do, and I like to think it helps, to stave off SAD.
1. Move your body. Now this is a no brainer for me because I’m a personal trainer but for others it may seem a little less apparent. Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins are ‘feel good’ hormones. So a brisk walk in the morning, some yoga, bustin’ a move to your favorite beats, cleaning the house, all could be great ways to get moving. I also like to say that motion creates emotion. Move to feel better.
2. Eat your greens! Greens are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and all those things help boost immune and energy! Start your day with a green drink or smoothie with a handful of spinach in it (put enough strawberries and a banana and you can’t even taste the spinach I PROMISE)!
3. Get some sun! Whenever you can, open up all the blinds in your house, sit in the sunniest spot in your house and breathe in that vitamin D. You may also want to talk to your Doc and see if you may need to supplement vitamin D. If it’s not too cold go for a walk. If none of that is possible, get yourself a light therapy light and sit by it while you eat your breakfast for a boost!
4. Drink more water! It’s winter and it’s cold and it’s hard to want to drink a cold beverage (especially one without caffeine and sugar) so our bodies start to get dehydrated and sluggish. When we’re dehydrated all the toxins in our body start to re-circulate (ew) so you’re just getting more and more toxic (double ew). Drink water to flush the toxins and boost your energy. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. Example: a 140 lb person should aim for 70 oz of H2O in a day.
5. Breath and meditation. This is one of my faves. Go into that quiet still place and breathe through your soul. Ask your higher power for help. My favorite is the ‘Light Meditation’ it invokes the sun’s energy into the body. Believe it or not, you should give it a try. The recording is below.
I hope that this list will help you feel a lil less SAD this winter so you Holiday season may be cherry and bright!
Light and Love to you!