By Rachelle Watson
Worrying about how to keep your sunny disposition in the grey days of winter, as the snow swirls all around you?
We have some tips:
Raise a cuppa – Are you spending more time at your desk these days? Having trouble concentrating? Tea has been proven to have a number of benefits, one of which is improved cognition. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conducted a study in 2013 where the findings supported the idea that tea consumption has acute benefits on both mood and performance in real-life situations. So drink up!
Be social – It’s easy to cancel your dinner plans or skip a workout with friends when the weather isn’t cooperating but try not to do it. Connecting with others helps strengthen your immune system by keeping you active and reducing your stress levels. Go ahead – have a chat with friends, get together with loved ones, and socialize your way to a better mood.
Don’t be deficient in D – Many of us become deficient in vitamin D – known as the sunshine vitamin – over the winter months. If you are feeling sluggish and catching every cold that goes around the office, it may be time to ask your doctor about taking supplements.
Cue the music – A little classical music in the background while you work may do the trick. Research suggests that listening to upbeat music can improve your mood in the short and long term. So avoid the dark and gloomy pieces, you’re better off with light and airy.
Get out (doors)! – Experts tell us that spending time outside in the sunshine, no matter how cold the temperature, helps improve focus, can lower stress levels and can help boost mental health. Put that Canadian winter gear on and make the best of it – and remember, the warmer weather will be here soon!
Rachelle Watson is Project Manager, CBA Wellness