Increasing energy and mood in the Winter
by Dr. Samantha Robin, PT, DPT, CSCS, SFMA, BSPTS-1
The winter months in New York are HARD! I question why I live in New York every single winter. It is way too cold and it gets dark way too early. I have found myself feeling a little more sluggish, tired, and seeking motivation. Our mental health is
greatly affected when we spend more time inside and do not spend adequate time outside. My body craves vitamin D and the benefits it provides us. Anyone else?
Some ways you can increase energy and mood during the day especially during the colder months:
- Get outside first thing in the morning. I know it is cold, but spending sometime getting natural sunlight in the morning when you wake up can help boost energy and mood.
- Get adequate sleep. It is recommended to have 7-8 hours of sleep. Sleep is when our body heals and having this time can set you up for success the next day. Also, getting adequate sunlight can help with your sleep patterns.
- Find ways to move or exercise. As it is getting warmer out, look to go for a walk and absorb vitamin D. This is also a way to seek out nature. Maybe even invite a friend to make sure they are getting their daily vitamin D as well.
Should we start a Physioelements walk club? We have such a great community!