Let’s talk about something that affects many people, winter depression or winter blues. The leaves are changing along with the temperature, the winter solstice isn’t far! How can we aid our body and mental health through the changing seasons?
1. Take a vitamin D supplement. With less sunshine during the winter, your body doesn’t store vitamin D.
2. Nutrition can be difficult during the holiday season. With the cold weather, we look forward to comfort food, but remember that good food makes a positive difference on your mental health.
3. Exercise when possible (outside when you can) and try adding in a steady winter yoga practice or a cool brisk walk! Find a workout partner to keep you accountable during the cold winter days.
4. Schedule fun activities; put things on your calendar and show up! Game nights, acro yoga, baking parties, crafts, start journaling. Be creative!
Yoga poses that will cleanse the body and mind:
- Reclined twists
- Knees to chest
- Plank pose
- Down dog
- Warrior 2
- Humble warrior
- Chair pose
- Low lunge
- Half split
Try some of these poses above the next time you feel the winter blues coming on!