With shorter and darker days, the first couple of months of the new year can be the gloomiest. If you struggle to maintain a good mood in the winter, you’re not alone! Seasonal affective disorder (a depressive disorder linked to shorter days and the winter months) and the milder “winter blues” are incredibly common. But we have some simple and effective tips that you can start doing today to instantly brighten your mood.
Exposure to Sunlight & Vitamin D
Regular exposure to sunlight, which boosts Vitamin D levels is key for an optimal mood. Although it can be dark and dreary, it’s still important to get outside daily. When sunlight is limited in northern places, bright light therapy and supplementing with Vitamin D can be an effective replacement.
Regular movement is an amazing and fun way to keep your mood steady. You don’t need to go to an intense spin class or a HIIT session if that’s not your thing. Gentle forms of movement, such as walking and yoga, are also effective in boosting mood. Aim to move your body for at least 20 minutes every day. If you’re familiar with yoga and want to get back into it, try Yoga With Adriene’s latest free 30 day yoga journey on Youtube. If you’re new to yoga, check out the following playlists: Foundations of Yoga and Yoga for Beginners.
Correct Nutrient Deficiencies
Many women report a lower mood as a side effect of hormonal birth control and during the week leading up to their period (among many other PMS symptoms). Top Up Tonic is perfectly formulated to correct any nutrient deficiencies that may be causing your mood to dip. B vitamins, CoQ10, Zinc, and Probiotics are all mood-supporting ingredients in Top Up Tonic that can get you back to feeling like your best self!
Get outside daily, move your body often, and stay topped up on all essential nutrients to move through this new year with steadiness and ease.