By Mary Perry, Zone Director of Clinical Trials
Admit it. As much as you enjoyed the extra hour of sleep brought on by Daylight Savings ending, it was quickly followed by an “ugh” when you saw the sun go down at 4:30pm. Now that reality has set in, don’t use it as an excuse to catch up on all things Netflix, add takeout phone numbers to your favorites or make holiday shopping your only activity until the new year. Instead, follow these tips and there will be no reason to feel blue this season.
- Make Fish Oil Routine
Omega-3s are no longer just for your heart, but for your brain too. Recent studies have shown that in those with mood disorders, fish and fish oil may enhance the release of the hormone serotonin which is known to regulate our mood. Take advantage of this natural mood lifter and make this one part of your day you don’t miss out on. New OmegaRx 2 has 25% more concentration than its predecessor, so give it a try if you haven’t already.
- Get Some Rays
It’s well known that light impacts our mood, so with the decreased daylight, you need to maximize the sunlight you do have. Wake up to the sun by opening your blinds and shades before you go to sleep, turn on more lights in the rooms you’re in, and take your lunch break outdoors with a brisk walk or by using that time to run errands. This may be the silver lining on having to leave for work in the dark only to return home in it too.
- Don’t Skimp on Your Workouts
This is the time of year where we put on our superhero capes and try to figure out how to cram as much as possible into the least amount of time. Keeping a consistent workout routine can minimize this stress, make you better able to adapt to day in, day out challenges, and keep your spirits high. Have you ever been the only one at the gym? Probably not. Half the battle is getting there, and once there, you’re in good company.
- Ditch the Sugar
Baggier clothing may allow us to sneak in a few extra guilty pleasures without anyone knowing, but these can impact your mood making you feel tired and lethargic once the sugar shock is through. While Peppermint Mochas, Hot Chocolate and seasonal treats are tempting, keep energy levels at their peak by making sure to keep indulgences to a minimum and good fats, lean protein and healthy carbs at the forefront of each meal. Need more suggestions? Here are 6 Ways to Tame Your Sweet Tooth.
- Plan a Vacation
What’s better in the winter months than knowing you have something to look forward to in the really cold months. Plan a trip to the Caribbean (wink wink: Zone Cruise departs March 25), a weekend getaway, or trip to an indoor water park with the family. Who doesn’t love a countdown to fun?
Follow these simple tips and before you know it, we’ll be gaining daylight instead of losing it!