6 tips to keep your energy level high in winter
As winter is a dark time, we can all suffer now and then from fatigue and sluggishness, and those with underlying anxiety tend to feel more mood swings. The dark weather actually has an impact on our melatonin level which is responsible for more tiredness.
Here are a few tips to keep up your energy levels in this weather.
1. Keep yourself moving
An active lifestyle benefits your body, helping to burn calories and has an impact on your mood. Try to include a 30-minute brisk walk or some other indoor activity like stretching or yoga five times a week; it will improve your mood and your health in the long run.
2. Drink enough water
As dehydration is one of the causes for feeling tired and not energetic. Try to drink water, herbal teas the one you like or infuse your water with cucumber, lemon, or with the fruits of your own choice :)
Have some relaxation time for yourself to read, to spend with your family or friends, or do the activities that help you relax. As relaxation boosts your energy levels and uplifts your mood.
Take walks in the sunshine, or open your curtains as soon as you get up to let more sunlight come into your place. A lack of light/darkness produces more melatonin in your body and you will feel sluggish and sleepy. So make sure your home and workplace are well lit and airy. Sometimes a lack of certain vitamins can also make you tired, if it's ongoing speak with your doctor to check if you have any vitamin deficiencies.
5. The right food for your body
Enjoy the winter vegetables and fruits. You can try many easy recipes to make your vegetables more enjoyable by baking or making soups etc. We all know, but yes try to have a moderate amount of starchy foods in your diet like bread, pasta, potatoes, etc. especially if you aren’t having much exercise or physical activities.
6. A good routine
Does a good routine also have an impact on our energy levels? Yes - the sufficient amount of sleep we need can be varied for everyone, but normally our body needs seven to eight hours of sleep to recover. Waking up early with the sunrise can also have many positive and refreshing effects on our body but in order to wake up early in the morning, we have to go to bed early as well!
A good routine helps us set our inner clock which results in more balanced energy levels in our body. After a good night's sleep, our body has more energy in the morning, allowing us to finish the most demanding tasks in the morning. So try to follow your natural human clock to utilise your energy properly, wake up early, finish your most important tasks and leave the easy one for the afternoon or evening and wind up your day with some relaxing technique before going to bed :)