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9 energy tips to fight those winter blues

With the excitement of the festive season well and truly over, long and dark wintry days can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to maintaining our energy reserves.

Get ready to fight those winter blues with our top 9 tips:

Ditch those long sofa breaks…
as sitting for too long can sap your energy, instead aim for frequent walks away from your desk or sofa every 90 minutes to keep your circulation pumping.

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Avoid crash diets…
as they can make you feel more tired and can potentially damage your health. Eat healthily, cut out junk food and sugary delights and try to incorporate protein into your diet. Protein has been scientifically proven to boost energy and concentration levels.

Winter blues can…
mean less trips outside due to the long, dark, cold and wet weather conditions. However the body still needs light and fresh air to re-energise. A 10 minute walk outside even when it is cloudy will expose your body to some much needed natural DSC06935-B2light.

Poor posture…
such as slouching, hunching forwards and slumping in your seat can put tremendous pressure on your spine, causing your muscles to work harder to compensate. Try to balance your spine by ensuring that your head is in line with your body, for example aim to keep your ears over your shoulders. Exercises such as Yoga and Pilates can help you strengthen and improve your body’s posture.

Recharge your batteries…
by aiming for 7-8 hours sleep, try to wind down ideally with
a good boread-515531_1920ok 1 hour before bed.

Try cutting out…
alcohol for a month as it can hinder your sleeping patterns, result in unwanted weight gain, drain your bank account and deprive you of energy. By reducing your overall alcohol consumption you can make a real difference to your overall health.

A study of the human brain shows…
that we can carry out intense thinking tasks for coffee-660394_1920
1 hour & 30 mins to 2 hours. Try to spread out your 
cognitive tasks by giving yourself a 5-15 min brain
break after  every 2 hours of thinking.

Reduce your caffeine intake…
as despite the temporary boost in energy, caffeine kick starts the production of stress hormones. Anxiety, irritability, muscle tension, weakened immunity and insomnia are typical side effects of a caffeine boost. Try herbal teas or
Redbush tea with or without milk as a caffeine alternative.

Drink plenty of water…
to banish those headaches and reduce those hunger pangs, more often then not people tend to feel hungry when they are actually thirsty. Try and keep a filled bottle of water nearby and don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink.

 

 
 

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