Living in Melbourne we all know what it feels like to suffer from “seasonal affective disorder” aka, the winter blues. This time of year is cold, wet, and let’s face it, it can be downright miserable. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be! Here are some tips to help you get through this winter.
Get adjusted– Regular chiropractic treatment keeps us moving and functioning at our best. The nervous system is the master controller of the body and when it’s not working well, we can get symptoms from back pain to sleep disturbances. Get your spine and nervous system checked to ensure your brain is communicating well with the rest of the body.
Have a massage– regular massage has been found to increase immune function and decrease markers of inflammation. It’s also associated with an increase in oxytocin- our happy hormone, and a decrease in our stress related hormones such as cortisol.
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Get outside– It may sound counter intuitive, but getting outdoors is a great way to beat the blues. We spend so much of our time inside, especially in the colder months, we become very disconnected from the world around us. Spending time in nature has been shown to improve depression, anxiety, reduce your risk of heart disease and stress.
Supplement with Vitamin D3– One of the things we miss most in winter is seeing the sun! Did you know, that during a Melbourne winter the UVB rays aren’t strong enough to trigger our bodies production of vitamin D. This is because the city falls below a certain latitude. So, unless you are consuming a lot of fatty fish, chances are you will be deficient. We recommend you get your levels tested on a regular basis and supplement with a good quality Vitamin D3.
Keep Moving– It’s easy to get off track with our exercise routine as the days get shorter and colder. However research shows that exercise is an effective mood booster and even helps combat depression. It’s great to try and get outdoors but sometimes the weather does not permit. Try an indoor exercise such as yoga, pilates or swimming in a heated pool
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Ditch the sugar– Often when it’s cold outside we make poor dietary choices telling ourselves they are “comfort foods” Studies have linked higher consumption of sugar with increased rates of depression. It weakens our immune system and hinders the bodies ability to deal with stress. So get rid of the white stuff and replace it with seasonal, nourishing foods such as broths, soups, veggie bakes and roast dinners. You will feel better for it and so will your waistline.
What are the top things you enjoy doing in winter?