Getting Through a Gloomy Winter

Let’s face it, winter can be gloomy, the cold and darkness are not the best start to a day.  However there are better ways to get through winter then just gritting your teeth.

Firstly taking a vitamin D supplement could help. Research does seem to show a link between low levels of vitamin D in the blood and symptoms of depression. However, research hasn’t yet shown clearly whether low vitamin D levels cause depression, or whether low vitamin D levels develop because someone is depressed.  Nonetheless research is emerging to suggest other health protective benefits so I think it is worth taking it in winter.

 

Making time for breakfast is not only a nice, peaceful start to the day, before all the stresses of family, work and obligations come into full force, it also has many health benefits. Eating a high energy breakfast can boost your short-term memory. Research also shows that those who skip breakfast are at a higher risk of heart attack. So why not put that extra effort into breakfast in winter and wake up knowing there is a treat awaiting you……home-made banana and chocolate flapjacks, boiled egg and soldiers, pancakes with fruit and cream, freshly squeezed oranges …. just a few ideas.

Gain clarity and perspective for winter by going for a walk in nature. At the beginning of your walk, ask yourself a question on which you would like to gain more insight. Put the question aside and begin your walk. Then just pay attention to what you notice on your walk. Is there a message in the form of a metaphor that can enrich your understanding of your question?



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Let's face it, winter can be gloomy, the cold and darkness are not the best start to the day. There are better ways to get through winter than just gritting your teeth.