Suggestions how to avoid winter depression
Are you feeling a little under the weather? Do you get tired easily? You don’t feel like leaving your home and find it harder to get up? These are common concerns for a lot of people in the winter when there are fewer sunny hours, it is colder with less opportunities to go out. Generally, the holiday season also tends to place a psychological and physical strain on everyone.
Find out how you can prepare your body and soul to the challenges of the winter months. A few preventive steps can go a long way to make sure the colder seasons will not affect your mental state.
Get a good night’s rest! Although longer dark hours may temper our biological clock, don’t let it confuse you! Get plenty of sunlight by opening the curtains in the morning and get sufficient rest.
The psychological impacts of sports on our health are rarely talked about.
Physical activity causes the production of hormone-like substances that stimulate the reward center in the brain, thus generating the sensation of satisfaction and happiness.
Gain weight that is common in the winter may also result in a bad mood.
Whether it’s outdoor activities, gym or exercising at home, staying active several times per week will keep you upbeat!
Watch your diet! Your nutritional intake also has a lot to do with your mood. Several studies have shown that there is a relationship between depression and low omega-3 levels and achieved positive results using natural active agents such as omega-3 fatty acids.
The latest results also highlight the importance of vitamin D.
The richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids are found in fat sea fishes. Since not everyone likes fish, a nutritional supplement intake offers a viable alternative.
Choosing a reliable and well-established nutritional supplement producer is likely to guarantee a high quality product. Concentrated preparations with omega-3 fatty acids are the most up-to-date formulas worth considering.
Go natural! Enhance your mood through natural essential oils used to aromatise your home or workplace. Consume preparations made from herbs including herbal tea! Rhodiola rosea, used in Chinese medicine for centuries, grew to become hugely popluar in Europe.
According to several studies it can be useful to treat not only physical but also mental and psychological stress and improve your concentration and mood. Your circulation may also need a little assistance as it is more difficult to keep your body warm and supply it with nutrients when it is cold outside. Especially the limbs, hands and feet tend to get cold and it is also more difficult to get them warm again. Luckily, the leaves of the ancient Gingko biloba tree contains active agents that may support micro-circulation, helping the better blood supply to the cells.
If you are susceptible to winter depression, consider the advice provided in this article and take care of your mood and well-being.
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