#1 Work up a Sweat! Need a lift to get through the last dreary days of winter? You can fight off the doldrums with a daily 20 minute sweat session.
If Spring is not getting here quickly enough for you, 20 minutes of vigorous activity a day is all you need to maintain mental wellness. Of course, the more you do, the better you will feel, but we're talking bare minimum here. Since exercise is also a great stress buster, take those 20 minutes in the middle of your workday. Getting away from your desk helps you take a step back, literally and figuratively, and allows you to put your 9-5 woes in perspective.
#2 Munch on Pumpkin Seeds! Pumpkin seeds are a great source of the amino acid tryptophan, which the body uses to make the feel-good hormone, serotonin.
Plant a seed for better mental health: Keep a stash of pumpkin seeds on hand for snacking and for adding crunch to other foods. Serotonin helps to improve mood and sleep. Use them as a snack or sprinkle them in your salad, in your yogurt, or on top of baked sweet potatoes.
#3 Beat the Winter Blues with a Light Box! If you struggle with the winter blues, make this the year you try a light box. Thirty minutes a day can improve your mood in just one week.
Long nights, short days, low temperatures and an emotional funk....all unavoidable part of winter. The Philips goLITE BLU energy light is compact and easy to use and clinically proven to be effective.
#4 Fight Depression with Fish Oils High in EPA! Improve your mood with fish. Depressed people may benefit from fish oil supplements that contain extra EPA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid.
To get more EPA in your diet, eat fatty cold water fish, such as salmon, sardines, tuna, trout, and halibut. Don't rely only on the fish oil to relieve symptoms, but adding the supplement and cold water fish to your diet may help.
#5 Meditate for Multiple Benefits! Keep yourself happy and healthy this winter by meditating. Meditation can help you cope with stress, improve mood and boost immunity.
We all know that stress has the power to wipe us out...mentally and physically. Who hasn't gotten a headache or a bad cold after a particularly trying week at work? Managing your stress with meditation can help us feel calmer, happier, and even more energetic. Try to practice meditation a few minutes every day.
#6 Breath Deeply! Daily mindfulness training can combat the effects of a high-stress situation. Buffer your mood with deep breathing exercises.
Stressful situations make us irritable, distracted and even forgetful. Practice mindfulness training....learning how to be present in the moment without reacting emotionally. Mindfulness allows us to not get lost in our thoughts or emotions, and instead teaches acceptance of the situation. For those women who participated in the "Friendship Tea", this is a time to use the relaxation technique of focusing on your breathing. Take this time for yourself and see how much better you feel at the conclusion.