I absolutely love the autumn and winter months. However, the shorter and colder days at this time of year can leave some people feeling a little bit under the weather.
The good news is that there are a number of things that can be done to get through this time of year and beat the winter blues. Today I’m teaming up with Fenetic Wellbeing, who provide various walking aids and rollators, on their #AutumnStrolls campaign which aims to make people aware of small lifestyle changes and activities that can be done to feel better when the cold’s getting you down.
Although the cold weather outside may not initially motivate you to go outside and enjoy a walk, gentle exercise is a scientifically proven way to boost your mood and improve your overall mental health. Invest in some bright and cosy winter clothes, grab your family or friends and enjoy the fresh outside air together to lift your mood. Even just a short 15-30 minute walk is enough to increase those feel-good chemicals in your body, and it’s a great way of making time to bond and enjoy some quality time together to discover some new favourite spots.
We may not be working on achieving a summer body at this time of year. However, just because we’ll be wrapping up in lots of warm layers for the next few months, this does not mean that we won’t feel the benefits of eating more healthily. Increasing your intake of nutritious whole foods, fish, and vegetables can help enhance your overall mood and enable you to enjoy a more positive outlook at this time of year.
Catch up on some zzzz’s
Make the most of cosy winter nights in by making it a point to go to bed early and catching up on some well-deserved sleep. Not getting enough sleep is associated with a higher production of stress hormones in the body and can therefore leave you feeling sad, anxious and generally more negative throughout the day. Check out my post on how to unwind after work and get the best night’s sleep ever.
Although it may be tempting to cancel all your plans as the colder weather sets in, planning something (or two) to look forward to during the winter months is key to helping you feel happier. Plan something simple such as a coffee date to catch up with your best friend or go all out and book a holiday somewhere sunny this winter to really kick the winter blues away!