For many, a new year is uplifting enough in itself. It gets your blood pumping, and your motivation going to reach new heights and experience new things. But for many of us, winter is a time when we need an extra pick-me-up. If you’ve been stuck indoors and the winter blahs are creeping in, try some of these tips to naturally boost your mood.
- Volunteer – Take time to realize the gifts you have and share them with others. You’ll see your blessings right in front of you and the power you have to bless others.
- Express gratitude – Starting a gratitude journal can help you re-attune your thoughts to the good in your life. Put your blessings down on paper and reflect upon them each night.
- Get a move on – Exercise regularly. Working out gets those feel-good endorphins flowing and allows a brighter outlook to seep into all areas of your life. You’re also pushing your physical limits, which can create a sense of pride and accomplishment – go for it!
- Try light therapy – If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder and crave that summer sunshine of months ago, try light therapy. Indoor light therapy can be very effective.
- Meditate – Take time to reflect upon your feelings and accept where you are. Sit in a silent or guided daily meditation to tune into yourself and your needs. Setting aside time for calm and peacefulness can leave you feeling restored and motivated.
- Sing and dance – You may feel silly, but really, give it a try. Belt it out to Adele or The Jackson 5, whatever gets you going. Studies show that singing and dancing may improve mood. If nothing else, you can chuckle at yourself attempting the whip and nae nae, right?
- Pull out the photo albums – Look back on your most recent family vacation or as far back as your children’s baby books. Good memories naturally bring a smile to your face and can lift your spirits.
- Talk to someone – Find a friend, counselor or coach to share your feelings with. Sometimes just talking about how you feel over coffee is enough. But if you need more, reach out to professionals in your area. That’s what we’re here for.
- Eat the rainbow – Eating a balanced diet of natural, colorful foods can provide your body the nutrients it needs to balance your mood. You can even sneak in a piece of dark chocolate for a serotonin boost!
- Maintain a routine – Your body functions best when you stick to a predictable routine. Go to bed and get up around the same time each day, and plan for a solid 8 hours of refreshing sleep. Going with the flow of the schedule provides peace and predictability.
- Love others – Did you know that both human touch and petting an animal boost serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin levels? Take time to be affectionate with those around you and everyone will benefit!
- Get artsy – Tap into your creative genius through painting, drawing, sculpting or writing. Be inspired, let loose and try something new.
There’s still plenty of time to set your New Year off right with a positive outlook! Contact me, Karen David. I’d love to help you work on your wellness and achieve great things in your life!
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.