As winter approaches, sunlight gradually fades day by day, and after daylight savings time ended last Sunday, you may dive into darkness even before 5 pm. 😱
When summer activities go away and longer nights and cold land on the ground, some people may feel low and lethargic or even stressed out and depressed, while others celebrate an extra hour of sleep.
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Be aware of what you feel because you may unconsciously face a Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during this weird period. However, don’t panic. FreshFind values your emotions and wants to bring something good for your mental health.
Spend more time outdoors
It is advised that individuals should try to get 10 to 30 minutes of midday sunlight, multiple times per week, as this helps us to maintain healthy blood levels and get enough Vitamin D.
Except on some rainy or windy days, sunlight in winter is still strong enough to cheer you up. Catch any chance to walk out in good weather, breathe the refreshing air in parks, explore lively local markets on weekends, or take advantage of exercise or upcoming winter activities, such as skating, hiking, and biking.
It’s time to find new sources of light
Though we suggest walking outside and interacting more with people, the truth is that the daylight is indeed shorter than before. So, why not give it a try to enjoy new sources of light?
- Adjust indoor light to make your environment sunnier and brighter, or even buy yourself a lightbox and keep it on for a few hours every morning.
- Try some scented candles that may make your bedroom cozier & brighter, certain scents can also help you wind down and fall asleep faster.
- Make sure to maintain good sleep hygiene and stick to your sleep schedule.
Be satisfied with delicious & healthier food
We can’t help but smile when recalling a delightful meal, whether with others or alone, which reminds us of the happy time associated with a good sense of taste and smell. Moreover, scientific research shows that some neurotransmitters made from food, such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, can help improve mood, lessen depression, and enhance mental concentration.
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Checking list for winter healthy:
- a salad or other different-colored vegetables, such as spinach; sweet potatoes; and red, green, orange, or yellow peppers
- fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, or nondairy products such as almond or rice milk
- different-colored fruits, including apples, bananas, and grapes
- lean beef, pork, or other protein foods, such as chicken, seafood, eggs, tofu, or beans
- whole grains such as brown rice, oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, and whole-grain cornmeal.