Winter has definitely arrived, especially on Cape Cod with single digit temperatures!
With the cold air and the holiday rush over, many people are tired, craving sugar and getting sick. Here are a few tips to help you through any winter blues you may be feeling already.
1. Warm Food & Spices
During the winter months, we are meant to eat warm comfort food with spices rather than cold salads and smoothies. Add in more vegetable soup, oatmeal, turkey chili, and roasted sweet potatoes and chicken. Use spices in your meals to add flavor and health benefits. Nutmeg reduces anxiety and depression. Cinnamon will help to regulate blood sugar and reduce cravings. Turmeric eases inflammation and digestion. Oregano helps to prevent infections. Mint eases breathing issues. Spices can also help with blood flow to keep you feeling less cold.
Try this alternate nostril breathing technique, which specifically improves brain function and sleep. It is meant to merge the left and right sides of the brain to offer more balance to your life. Use your right thumb to close off your right nostril. Inhale slowly through your left nostril. Pause. Close your left nostril with your ring finger and release your thumb off your right nostril. Exhale slowly through your right nostril. Inhale through your right nostril. Use your thumb to now close the right nostril. Exhale through your left nostril. Do this for a minute or two and notice your body unwinding and your mood shifting.
3. Get Outside
Taking a break and stepping outside can awaken our minds and bodies and increase our overall energy rather than sitting inside all day long. Get outside to play, walk, run, shovel, ski, or snowshoe and it will increase blood flow and circulation. It will allow the body to release the “feel good chemicals”, which helps to improve our mood and energy. Bundle up and make plans with your child, dog, friend or neighbor to go for a walk in the woods or go sledding.
4. Take Supplements
Our food tends to contain less nutrients and more chemicals, so supplements may be an important addition to your health routine. Obviously we aren’t getting as much natural sunlight during the winter months, which helps us to create vitamin D and when depleted, can affect our mood and lead to other health concerns. It’s recommended to take at least a quality multivitamin every day, which contains the basic foundation of vitamins and minerals. In the winter though, it may be beneficial to add in extra vitamin D3, omega-3 fish oil and b-complex vitamins in order to sustain energy and a balanced mood.
If you are looking for more tips to slow down and find a sense of peace in 2018, head on over to download my free gift: Feel Less Anxious in the New Year & Beyond guidebook www.shaynamahoney.com/guide
You will also be the first to know of my next Winter Blues Detox starting February 2018, where we will incorporate the tips mentioned above!
Shayna Mahoney is a holistic life coach who is passionate about giving women hope to embrace their anxiety and find peace and power within. She combines her background of nutrition, psychology, human development, coaching techniques, Reiki, sense of humor and personal experience to transform how the mind and body are fully connected. She loves to help women reach for their dreams in all areas of life.