I’ve really noticed this year that the change in weather and shorter days has started to effect my energy and mood. I’ve been feeling a lot more lethargic and irritable since the temperature has dropped and it now gets dark at 5pm! I don’t know about you but I can’t remember the last time I was at home in my PJs at 5pm, but I’m normally out and about wishing I was! This is due to the fact that daylight tells your body when you should be awake and asleep so technically at 5pm we should all be wrapped up with hot cocoa! It always means when our alarm goes off at 6am and it’s still pitch black outside, we feel groggy! I hate groggy! Winter is time people, including myself, find it harder to exercise, eat healthily and be proactive but giving in to these Winter blues and unhealthy habits will only make you more down and stressed.
The lead up to Christmas, New Year and my birthday in January makes this time of year my favourite time of year so I wanted to look into ways to avoid these Winter blues. I researched and then came up with my own 3 goals that I’m going to try to do to boost my mood and energy during the winter months. If you’re like me and don’t like being groggy then give them a go too!
1. Lunchtime Daylight Walk
Getting up when it’s dark and getting home when it’s dark means we don’t see a lot of sunlight during Winter but sunlight is vital to health and wellbeing especially when it comes to your mood. I can literally feel the change in my body and mind when I get out in daylight for some fresh air. Luckily I don’t work the typical 9 to 5 so I’m going to try and incorporate a walk around lunchtime into my day to wake me up and reset my body clock. If you do work in an office then perhaps try to walk outside to get your lunch, sit in a park or walk to the station in the daylight. Don’t forget to wrap up warm and if it’s a sunny day wear sunscreen on your face.
2. Bath, Read, Bed
A night time routine is something I’ve always struggled with, however it’s now something I’m dedicated to achieving due to the fact that relaxation and enough sleep are so important and even more so during Winter! I know that I get moody when I don’t get enough sleep, I crave sugary carby foods and I don’t feel focused when I don’t have down time. My goal is to start getting set for bed by having a bath, putting away all techy items and getting cosy in bed with a good book before going to be before 11pm. 11pm is my cut off time, I know if I’m still awake by midnight then tomorrow you’ll want to stay very clear of me! Find out what works for you when it comes to a night time routine and a set bed time. We are all different but the main priority needs to be no phone! I’m still working on this!
3. JUMP and ROLL
You’re probably thinking what is this crazy girl talking about now. Well obviously exercise is something that will make you feel happy and reduce feelings of anxiety and stress but I know that a snuggly sofa, cuppa tea and good film is much more appealing after a hard days work and cold rainy journey home. So even if you’re struggling to get yourself to classes or out for a run, just JUMP and ROLL! Get your heart pumping for literally a few minutes by jumping or skipping in your front room, you’ll get warm and just notice how your mood and energy changes after only a few minutes of getting two feet off the floor!
Now for the roll part. Try this classic Pilates move called rolling like a ball. Lie down bring your knees into your chest and then roll backwards staying in the ball shape and roll forwards, make sure you do this on carpet or a mat! By gently rolling on your spine you increase the mobility and also the blood flow to the muscles around the spine.
I combined the JUMP and ROLL to create a move which I show on my instagram, so give it a go for a few minutes today and banish those Winter Blues!
Love, Lottie x