Coping with dark winter months and winter blues!
As the winter solstice descends upon us today with the shortest, darkest day of the year I thought I would share how I cope with the lack of sunlight without any winter blues!
As winter begins, I love when the evening begins to draw in and you get start getting out the snuggly blankets and lightening candles and enjoying that cosy Autumn feeling. By mid December, however, it’s safe to say most of us are pretty fed up with the lack of daylight.
These short days can leave me feeling sleepy, sluggish and sometimes a little down. Time seems to race past compared to those lazy summer days! Suddenly I feel like I have so much to do in such little daytime and I can end up feeling rushed and down. But this winter I’ve been concious of this and avoiding the pitfalls that can trip you up in winter.
Here are my top tips to avoid those midwinter blues:
Increase Vitamin D intake:
We have all heard of vitamin D, it is the goodness we take from the sun. In the winter months the combination of less sunny days and shorter days can leave us deficient. The clever clogs who work these things out suggest we in the UK require 10ug of Vitamin D a day. It is pretty hard to get that much in through our diets though (it is about 10-11 eggs worth!) and we certainly aren’t getting it via the sun. This winter I was provided some vitamins designed to tackle exactly this, free of charge from Swisse in order to review them. (However, the opinions expressed in this review are independent and my own). I’ve been taking Vitamin D supplements from Swisse for several weeks now. Just 1 a day gives 25ug of vitamin D so I’m easily hitting that recommended level by just remembering to take a tablet before bed! Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth, supports normal muscle function and the normal function of the immune system. There has also been links drawn between low vitamin D levels and mood issues such as Seasonal Affective Disorder!
For an extra immune system boost I have also been taking Swisse’s Women’s Ultimate multivitamins. Between the two of those this has helped me keep healthy and feeling fresh this winter. Without some of the most unpleasant side effects I have experienced with some other vitamins.
White ARTIFICIAL light:
I’m all for saving the world and helping slow down global warming etc but there are few things I hate as much as those energy saving light bulbs! I had how long they take to get bright and they have such a yellow light! This year we swapped out the energy saving warm light bulbs from our main living areas and swapped them with brighter whiter LED light bulb from Phillips (the following link is an affiliate link which means I do get a small return on any purchases make through that link but I bought these off of my own back and I love them). Turning these on as soon as it starts to get dark extends that feeling of daylight so much longer. Without inducing me into a sleepy cosiness that warmer light does. Save those lamps for later on the evening when a bit of low level lighting it more appropriate.
Say no to cosy afternoons
As those nights draw in so early it is far too easy to find yourself snuggled on the sofa, under a blanket with a cocoa and Christmas film by 4pm. Giving you that evening feeling several hours too early and leaving you feeling unproductive. Try and keep going about your normal day to day routine to keep yourself productive and satisfied. I promise you will appreciate that blanket and cocoa at 8pm so much more!