How to stay energised during Winter
For many people it’s an all too familiar feeling- the days are getting shorter, the sky is getting greyer and the temperature is dropping. Suddenly you’re feeling flat, exhausted and unmotivated. Here in Melbourne as we move into Winter it can be difficult to fight off feelings of fatigue, which can affect our day to day lives especially in our work, relationships and health goals.
Here are some tips to naturally help boost energy levels and fight off the Winter blues:
Add plenty of warming spices into your foods- we’re talking cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, garlic, pepper, chilli if you can tolerate it, and cardamom. The warming properties in these spices help to improve digestion while increasing circulation to the rest of the body through stimulating blood flow, all helping to up our energy. Easy food as medicine tips to help warm you down to your toes include sipping on chai tea, sprinkling cinnamon on your porridge and exploring spices in stews, soups and curries.
Keep active, even when you don’t feel like it. Regular exercise increases endorphins, improves quality of our sleep, improves cognitive function, and helps our cardiovascular system to function better and and improve delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the tissues to pump up energy levels. Aim for 30 minutes per day with a mixture of cardio and weight bearing exercise in whichever form suits your lifestyle.
Find other ways to get your lymph moving to improve circulation and removal of toxins such as having regular massages, especially manual lymphatic drainage. Massage stimulates the muscles and increases circulation back to the heart. Something to try at home is dry brushing 2-3 times a week. All you need is a natural brush (not synthetic), available at most health food shops; before you jump in the shower or bath apply the brush to your body starting at the feet, moving upwards towards the heart in a sweeping motion. Gently continue up the body overlapping as you go until you have brushed the entire body in motions towards the heart and then go ahead with your normal shower routine!
Opt for bright colours wherever you see them because the brain associates different colours with certain feelings and emotions. Colours linked with warmth and happiness such as yellow, orange and red can have positive effects on the body by boosting endorphins and improving our mood. (Note: this is not to say that the standard Melbourne black on black can’t make you happy- you do you). The same goes for your home; surround yourself in warm colours by switching to warm lightbulbs (check the packaging to easily find this information), treat yourself to a colourful bunch of flowers, and eat a rainbow by choosing different coloured fruits and vegetables to try each week.
Specific nutrients are key for maintaining energy levels through mitochondrial function including magnesium, B vitamins and coenzyme Q10. Your individual requirements for these nutrients depend on your body and unique needs.
Hopefully you can implement some of these tips into your routine to spark your energy and motivation during the chillier months this Winter. If you are interested in more information or a more individualised plan, please contact me here and or book an appointment online.