The year started with a bang—you were positive and optimistic that this was going to be an incredible year. Yet as the month wore on, you found it increasingly difficult to stay energized and positive. Is this your reality?
What happened? Why is it so difficult to focus?
Do you have a case of the winter blues?
Winter blues in January and February are quite common. With the holiday season now over, the beautiful lights that once sparkled and lit up the neighborhoods are now dark and lifeless, and the holiday bills have started streaming in.
Doesn’t it seem like the spring will never come?
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a common type of depression that many people face during the winter months. The shorter days and the angle of the sun, means less exposure to daylight, so you absorb less vitamin D from the sun’s rays. This can leave you feeling tired and sluggish, and dragged down by a serious case of the winter blahs.
What do you do when you are not as optimistic as you would like to be?
It all starts with focusing on your health. Self care is important and taking care of yourself is how you make yourself a priority.
Not sure where to start? Get started by investing in the basics.
Good Health is Wealth
Tip # 1 – Vitamin D is your friend
Consider taking a vitamin D3 supplement, and/or finding a way to enjoy the sun. If you can’t afford to take a vacation somewhere warm and sunny, you can still visit a ski hill nearby, or you can explore light therapy and full spectrum lighting.
Try to get outside even though it’s cold. You’ll be surprised at how energized you feel after spending some time outdoors.
Tip #2 – Exercise is key.
You may not like to exercise and you’re not alone — most people don’t like to do it so they never commit. This doesn’t change that exercise is essential to your well-being.
Exercise is a discipline that has huge rewards. Our bodies are meant to move and I am sure you have heard the saying “move it or lose it.” Studies show that every health condition is positively affected by exercise. Plus exercise releases endorphins which is the feel-good hormones that promote wellbeing.
Simply getting your body moving can have a positive impact on every aspect of your life.
Tip #3 – Simplify your diet.
Simple carbohydrates (like bread or pasta made with white flour) turn into sugar in your blood and can drag down your energy. Try to replace simple carbs with plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. You will have more energy throughout the day, and it will also help you maintain your ideal weight so you never have to diet.
Tip #4 – Drink more water.
Proper hydration is essential for your health. Your body needs water!
How much? A simple formula to calculate how much water your body needs to drink is to take your body weight and divide it by two. The resulting number is how many ounces of water you need per day.
Many health issues arise when we don’t drink enough water. Approximately 70% of our body is water and when you’re hydrated, you feel energized. So drink up!
Tip #5 – Get enough sleep.
Studies show how necessary sleep is for our health. Even though the amount of sleep differs for each person, lack of sleep has a negative effect on everyone.
Not only does lack of sleep affect your memory and ability to concentrate but it also affects your health and emotional wellbeing. When you feel overwhelmed, it’s often because you did not get a good night’s sleep.
Pay attention to your emotional wellbeing
Have you felt down in the dump after being around someone that was negative? There is a saying, “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you will become.” As much as I argued this as a teenager, I must say, I do find this perspective interesting. Being around people who love drama and are negative, will have an ill effect.
The people who surround you, have an impact in your life!
We all need positive, encouraging and supportive people in our lives to thrive. Sometimes we may have to do a “relationship cleanse” to experience more meaningful and fulfilling relationships.
Find people in your life that you can trust and who are an emotional support for you. Ask for what you want and need.
Making yourself a priority in your life right now is the best thing that you can do! This will ncourage your optimism to grow.