Winter is coming!

I feel like I need to insert some sort of Game of Thrones reference here but I don’t watch it.  Comment below if you’ve got good reasons why I should!

It’s not a secret that winter and I are not good friends.  There are a lot of reasons why I called my business Blue Sky Vitality, but the most important one is that I love blue skies.  Give me sunshine any day.  But as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to realise thatwinter in inevitable (I’ve gotten so smart in my old age) so I’ve needed to find ways to make it tolerable.  Here are my top 5 ways to make winter do-able.

1.Light me up

Last winter I realised that I might be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.  This is a type of depression that’s related to the change of the seasons.  It wasn’t a bad case and it was manageable but I just felt generally lethargic, craved a lot of carbs, put on some weight and I just wanted to stay in bed all day.
Over the summer I started a new routine of getting up early, walking my dog and just getting stuff done before work and I didn’t want this to change again over winter.  So I’ve invested in a body clock light.  I set the alarm on the lamp before I go to sleep and in 30 minutes before the allotted time the light slowly comes on just like a rising sun and I generally wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go.  It really works!

2. Gonna make you sweat

I feel the cold really easily.  I always have and I often feel like I’m chilled all the way to the bones in winter.  To counteract this I am very lucky to have stumbled across an infrared sauna right here in Albany.  This winter I am partaking in a weekly sauna session.  It’s like taking a little 30 minute tropical holiday every week.  The benefits of infrared sauna are detoxification, pain relief & weight loss among other things but I use it just to feel warm all the way from finger tips to toes and right through my whole body.  It really is wonderful.

3. Get into the herbal stuff

It can be hard to keep drinking water when it’s so cold outside.  It’s easy to reach for the coffee and hot chocolate which can be high in calories and affect your sleep!  That’s why I’m getting into the herbal teas.  I love trying out different ones and because they don’t contain caffeine drinking one is the same as drinking water.  And it keeps you warm!  Why not invite all your besties around and have tea party?

4. Keep moving

I know, I know… dragging yourself out of bed to put on your sweats to go and exercise does not sound like fun.  But, it’s a great way to get the blood circulating and keep you warm.  Layer up and try something that will raise your heart rate like boxing or HIIT training.  And you will feel amazing in no time!

5. Find someone to snuggle

And, if you are going to spend some extra time in bed why not snuggle up to someone you love. Give yourself regular time to cuddle with your sweetie.  It will keep you warm and release some of the love hormone oxytocin which will lower stress and fight fatigue.

Of course, Seasonal Affective Disorder can be very serious for some people.  If you are feeling down and you can’t get motivated to do the things you usually enjoy and have altered sleep patterns, appetite and hopeless thoughts then please see your GP immediately.

Listen to me discussing winter on RadioWest below.

What are your best tips for fighting the winter blues?  I’d love to hear from you!