Winter is back, and it's colder than ever. Coupled with snow, dry air, sickness, and everything else that comes with winter, it's shaping up to be pretty rough. Everyone's affected differently by seasonal affective disorder (SAD), so what works for one person won't for another but there's usually something that will help, so don't give up if the first remedy you try doesn't work. Just keep trying.
Here are simple steps you can take to protect yourself mentally and physically from the ravages of winter so that by the time spring arrives, you’re intact and healthy.
Cold weather isn’t an excuse to ditch the water bottle. More than half of our bodies are made up of water, and if that percentage decreases by just one percent, we can become dehydrated. Even in winter when we don’t sweat much, we still lose roughly eight cups of water each day. To avoid dehydration, be sure to drink at least eight cups of water daily and eat plenty of fruits and veggies, which are packed with H2O.
We tend to exercise about five percent less in winter than in summer. If you find yourself in an exercise track, break out by exercising in short spurts, scheduling gym visits so you can workout while watching your favorite shows, or skipping the gym altogether to work out at home or head outdoors. Try meeting a friend for a brisk walk, which burns about 500 calories an hour.
The shorter days in winter can make us sleepy because darkenss triggers our bodies’ production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep cycles. Eat regular meals to keep your insulin levels steady so you don’t crash, and snack when you’re hungry to give yourself an extra boost. If all else fails, have a good laugh.
For years we have been told to cover up in the sun to cut the risk of getting skin cancer. But now it seems that a little bit of sunshine on your body is actually good for you. SAD or the winter blues - is a depresesion specifically caused by lack of sunlight. Lightboxes can be used to treat it, although increased exposure to natural sunlight is more beneficial. Get out for an hour's walk in the morning during autumn and winter months, and sit outside for 15 minutes a day in summer.
Winter is harsh if you don't enjoy it properly so better to make it happy one by taking precautionary measures. Wear something warm, keep yourself active and stimulate yourself with cozy sunlight. As no winter lasts forever and no winter skips it's turn.