9 Ways To Overcome The Winter Blues

February 19, 2020
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The start of the year is a strange time for all. We enter January after the festivities of Christmas with hopes and dreams for the year ahead, however as we recline back into the regular routine, it’s not uncommon for us to feel a little bite of those winter blues. Making New Year’s resolutions are a fantastic way to readjust yourself! Here are 9 mood-boosting tips to help fight those winter blues that you can form into New Year’s Resolutions.

1. Exercise

Exercising is one of the best natural remedies for stress release which can have significant positive effects on your mental health and help you beat those winter blues! Subsequently, it is the most common New Year’s resolution, but how many people actually stick to it?

If you’re really going to take it seriously, it needs to become fully ingrained in your routine to start having an effect – this takes organisation, drive and loyalty to the regime. Make sure you do your research too – for one, protein is essential for exercise and you can get 10g of the stuff from the delicious products in our TREK protein energy bar range.

2. Find A New Exercise Routine or Sport

Bored of your current routine? Well change is a good thing and there are literally thousands of exercise practices available to target every part of your anatomy.

Advancements in technology have gifted us with wider access to online workout programmes, fitness apps and wearable fitness trackers where exercise routines can be completed anytime, anywhere. Now you can complete a yoga tutorial in your bedroom or track a run on your lunch break.

3. Set Yourself Realistic Goals

According to studies, around half of adults form New Year’s resolutions at the start of the year, but as you may have guessed, barely any see their resolutions through – 10% to be precise.

New Year is a unit of measurement for many, it’s used to assess your position in life in terms of career and desires – this particular aspect is a common cause of the widespread ‘blue’ mood. 

In a psychological study carried out by the University of Exeter, researchers found that this feeling is linked to the “perception of a gap between how someone wants things to be and how they actually are. These actual idea-discrepancies are highlighted at this time of the year”.

Therefore, you must make small, realistic goals for your year ahead. Also, don’t be afraid to treat yourself! Every small achievement you make is a little step closer to your overall goal, and these little rewards act as motivation to help you stick to your resolutions. Which leads us onto the next point…

4. Make Small Changes

Small changes have the biggest impact in the long run.  Remember these changes don’t have to be physical or dietary or even cutting things out, it could be purely focused on building on your skills or expanding your interests into new avenues.

5. Get Yourself Some Vitamin D

The sunshine is few and far between in the minuscule 8 hours of sunlight we experience throughout January, as opposed to the 17 hours we receive throughout the Summer. This means you have to go out of your way to catch those rays, so be sure to step out for a lunchtime stroll or take the long way when you’re walking to work to make up for lost time.

Exposure to sunlight allows us to begin synthesising Vitamin D which is an essential vitamin for regulating calcium for healthy bones and boosting the immune system. People with a vitamin D deficiency also experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. Therefore, getting out in the sun can help trump those blue feelings!

6. Spice Up Your Meals

Get inspired by your meals throughout the day! If you have been consuming the same circulation of meal ideas for a while then maybe it’s time to change it up. Switch up your meal habits – have you ever thought about trialling a wheat-free diet? Or adding more iron-rich foods to your meals? Now’s the time! 

7. Eat More Wholefoods

Why not make the switch to a wholefood diet? Eating natural foods without the presence of artificial ingredients that dominate the modern food market can have a profound effect on your health. Discover more about the incredible benefits of natural foods here.

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8. Socialise!

Socialising with friends, old or new, has profound benefits on your mood – interaction heightens self-confidence and self-esteem which helps to reduce feelings of stress. Sports and exercise are a great way of socialising! Why not try joining a sports class, gym session or society?

9. Take Time Out From Tech

Lastly, as our lives become more and more infiltrated by screens, it’s good to carve time out for yourself away from tech.

The blue light that emits from our devices can have a harmful effect on eyesight and sleeping patterns, particularly in the last hour before bed. Better sleep = healthier mindset and increased energy so perhaps exchange the late-night scroll through your feeds for a book instead?

Prohibiting the amount of screentime you have is a fantastic lifestyle enlightening goal to make for yourself this year.

Remember most of these tips aren’t just for overcoming winter blues but something you can exercise all year round! So be sparing, start light and before you know you’ll be making progress and become part of the 10% who see their resolutions through.