Spring Forward – Fall Back … for those of us in area practicing Daylight Savings its a blessing and a curse. Springing forward means you literally lose time. Falling back means it is dark way too early for most of us. Traditional 9 to 5 types hardly see the sun, except on the way to the office and during a brief respite at lunch – if you take lunch that is.
Now before we go throwing around formal diagnoses like Seasonal Affective Disorder let’s just talk a little bit about some of the simple things we can do to give ourselves a little boost.
Lack of sunlight does several things – decreases your levels of Vitamin D, drops your seratonin levels, tweaks your circadian rythm (yes, I used “tweak” as a technical term), and can alter your melatonin production. Ok, so what does that really mean to you? It means feelings of tiredness, depression, and lack of energy.
I’d love to cram a ton of info into this article, but we’ll keep it simple and address lack of energy for now. For you insomniacs, I promise I’ll address sleep next. Ok – so not enough sun means not enough energy. What do you do!?
Get more sunshine – easier said than done? Just go for a walk on your lunch break – or bundle up with the kids and brave that cold air. It’ll do tons to help you feel refreshed. The AMA recommends 15 minutes twice a day. Think that’s doable?
Take those supplements – I suggest a B Complex, that way you’re getting them all. Each one does something different, but they’re all good for you and the most noticeable effect is an energy boost. (Note, I’m not a doctor – if you have a pharmacy in your home – or even if you don’t – make sure you check with your physician before changing your routine!)
Exercise – that time in the sunshine during lunch or out with the kids… make it active. Activity will raise your endorphin levels and give you a “happy fix”. Kill two birds with one stone. If you can’t then hit the gym… if you’re in San Diego call me and drag me there with you.
Eat invigorating foods – Nature gives us a little boost here by bringing oranges into season during the winter time. Citrus fruits are a natural energy boost… so are some of those herbal teas we gravitate toward when the winter cold sets in. Try to steer clear of heavy gravys, soups, cream based sauces, carbs and all those things that sit heavy in your system and tell your system its nap time.
Try essential oils – ok, you knew this was coming (it is ME writing here). I LOVE using essential oils any time during the day I need a boost. Diffuse wild orange in your home to give everyone a boost and add cinnamon for that holiday smell. You’ll not only energize everyone, you’ll help kill airborne pathogens in your home. You can put orange straight on your skin too. Orange not your thing? Lemon is great too – and it can help your home smell clean in the middle of a stale winter. Drink a glass of water with 6 drops of grapefruit oil – not only will it give you a kick, but it has been said to help with weight loss when ingested 3 times a day. (Let me know if that works for you, would you?) Worried about using the right high quality oils? Here’s what I use: http://www.doterra.myvoffice.com/sanctuarymassage/ and I’ve tried most of the ones you can injest.
So yeah, it’s easy to get the winter doldrums and indulge in more road rage cause the next driver over can’t see you – or you can eat an orange on the way home and leave the peels on the seat instead.