Did you know that more than 2 million Americans suffer from fatigue and visit their doctors complaining about always being tired? We usually place the blame on work, stressful lives, overloaded schedules, and so on. The cold season doesn’t help us either to feel like bursting with life and joy. Health, fitness, and nutrition specialists have some advice for us on how to keep our energy at optimal levels and not to allow the cold season to affect our health and good mood.
For many, the cold season comes with low blood pressure, reduced blood flow, dehydration, lack of natural vitamins and minerals, low blood sugar and so on. Watching your diet carefully in the cold season is the first step to keeping your body and brain function at full speed. Have a plentiful breakfast every morning, full in fibers and carbohydrates. Stay hydrated (after all, it’s the hot tea season), fuel your brain with Omega 3 (found in fish, nuts, and canola oil) and eat every two or three hours. This way, your brain will have enough fuel, and your body will be energized enough to face all your everyday problems, work tasks, and the cold, depressing weather outside.
At-hand Stress Relievers
In summer, people tend to be less stressed and less sad. The sun outside seems to relieve stress and worries, but perpetually gray skies, cold, rain and the perspective of a cold dark season only enhances inner discomfort. Stress weakens our immune system and has deep negative health effects, contributing to those feelings of fatigue and low energy. Use your own environment to bring a little sunshine to your life, using your own stress relievers. Try listening to music, meditation, and yoga if you’re into it, breathing techniques for stress alleviation, dancing or embracing a new hobby. In the cold season mental strain, boredom, worry, anger or a general low-battery state can be fought back with easy tricks very much recommended by psychologists.
Burst-Energy Training and Exercises
A fitness and exercise program is recommended all year long, but in the cold season such activities are more than welcome. You can either try a morning exercise series to pump up some adrenaline, activate endorphins and give you an appetite for life, or an after-work gym schedule to give you a boost. Some scientists agree that aerobic exercises work best before bedtime as they help you fall asleep faster and get a restful night’s deep sleep. A recent study in Personality and Social Psychology found that a ten-minute walk or exercise set can keep you energized for the next two hours. There’s a reason large companies host a gym in the building. Particularly during the cold season, when you feel like sleeping on the desk, use your ten-minute break to move around, stretch, walk and take a breath of fresh air instead of having another cup of coffee.
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