11 Jan 2017
January 11, 2017

12 simple steps to pale the winter blues

January 11, 2017

12 simple steps to pale the winter blues by Brita Benson

Brita Benson

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that
within me there lay an invincible summer.” Albert Camus

If you’re prone to bouts of seasonal depression, feel lethargic or lack motivation… Try these
simple steps and watch your spirits lift…

  1.  Exercise at least 2-3 times per week . Research has proven that maintaining a regular
    exercise routine helps beat depression, anxiety and low self esteem, increases life
    expectancy and combats health conditions and disease.
  2. You are what you eat – food is power. Snacking on raw veg, fruits, nuts, seeds and
    raisins will keep a sugar fix at bay. Eat avocados, leafy veg, salads, nuts, grains,
    Vitamin D, Iron supplements (Floradix is superb). Keep healthy snacks easily to hand
    so you’re not so tempted to eat sugary junk foods when you need a boost of energy.
    Prepare well for the week ahead by making a shopping list and get stocked up with
    the right ingredients, prepare your lunch food box for the following day before you
    go to bed. If you’ve prepared well, you’re more likely to eat well.
  3.  Breathe deeply. When we’re tired or stressed our breathing pattern changes. It can
    become shallow, rapid or can be hardly there at all. At these times remember to Take
    4-6 deep conscious breaths, relax your shoulders, your neck and facial muscles,
    letting go of tensions and strains as you breathe out. Inhale for the count of 4,
    exhale for count of 6. Count to 6 before responding within a stressful situation.
    Breathe in and out, count to 6, rather than react.
  4. Take a lunch break. Get out of the office and away from the computer at lunchtime.
    We need all the sunlight and fresh air we can get during shorter winter days. A brisk
    walk for 20 minutes will increase your heart and metabolic rate; increased oxygen
    will stimulate your brain cells, keep your energy up during the afternoon.
  5. Drink water. 6-8 glasses a day. Our bodies are made of over 80% water therefore
    replenishing is essential for good health and to aide elimination of toxins.
  6. Dry skin brushing. Purchased at chemist or health shop. Start the day by using the
    brush against dry skin, with long sweeping motions. This increases circulation of
    blood, oxygen and lymph around the body which in turn aides release of stagnant
    energy, toxins and waste from the body. It feels great and acts as a fabulous
    morning wake up for the entire system.
  7. Reduce your intake of caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks – substitute with herbal
    teas, fruit smoothies and natural fruit juice.
  8. Smile and relax. List 6 things you are grateful for about your life as it is right now.
    Treat yourself as you would your best friend, speak with compassion, kindness and
    encouragement.
  9. Do something for someone else – a random act of kindness to a stranger can be
    uplifting for you both.
  10.  Keep a journal , take up a hobby, spend time with people who nourish and encourage
    you.
  11. Get plenty of rest and try to maintain a healthy sleep pattern.
  12. Take up a regular yoga practice and whatever you choose to do – enjoy it and have
    fun!

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”  Edith Sitwell, Poet

If you would like to find out more about holistic health care and how it can help you, please email: britabenson@summertownclinic.co.uk

 

 

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