1. Drink more water
As the temperature outside gradually drops, we find ourselves near a heater or air conditioner, covered in layers of clothing and because it’s cold outside we tend to drink less water. What we don’t realise is that we need to drink water as much if not more, as we do in summer. The artificial hot environment we create can cause dehydration in our body and skin. Drinking eight glasses of water a day helps our body maintain its fluid balance and even helps us keep our skin rejuvenated.
2. Winterise your workout
You might feel lazy at this time of year because of the gloomy weather, but that’s not an excuse to skip your workout. Add layers if you’re running outside or if the weather doesn’t permit it, be creative and find ways to exercise indoors. Make a plan (and stick to it), write down an exercise schedule at the beginning of the week, varying the type of workouts to keep it interesting. Exercise can boost your mood, and you need that lift even more during the winter.
3. Eat your way to a better mood
Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t able to eat your favourite veggies this season. It’s a perfect time for you to add delicious seasonal veggies to a healthy winter diet. Try to resist the call of fatty, sugary comfort food. Highly refined carbs and sugar can wreak havoc on your blood sugar level, which can leave you feeling cranky. Some foods, can double as healthy pick-me-ups, especially if they contain mood-boosting nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, good carbohydrates (think whole grains and vegetables), protein, and B vitamins. Add kale, parsnip, leek, broccoli, salmon, porridge and whole grain pasta to your diet this winter
4. Dress for the weather
This might sound like an obvious one but staying warm is a surprising secret to feeling happy. Being cold can make you feel sluggish because of the increased energy demand on your body. For the easiest mood-booster, bundle up; don’t leave home without your scarf, gloves, and hat. If you’re exercising outside, the same applies. Add the appropriate layers, keeping your arms, legs and chest covered. This will ensure you aren’t wasting any of your energy keeping warm.
5. See the light
If you’re feeling drained of energy, some experts suggest that at this time of year your reserves of vitamin D get depleted and the lack of sunshine can affect your health. Your body produces vitamin D when your skin is exposed to UVB light, this is essential for healthy bones and helps regulate mood. However In the UK, sunlight doesn’t contain enough UVB in winter for our skin to be able to make enough vitamin D. During these months, we rely on getting the majority of our vitamin D from food and supplements. It is important to increase the amount of oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines, as well as red meat and eggs during these months.