With January (and more lockdown restrictions), it’s reasonable to feel a little flat, listless and far from your best this month. Fortunately there are some simple things you can do to improve how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally. Today we’re taking a look at three of them.
Hydration has a huge effect on our day to day wellbeing. When you get dehydrated you can experience headaches, muscle aches, low mood and if it gets more serious confusion and unconsciousness!
Conversely, if you make sure you stay well hydrated you can expect to feel more alert and refreshed – physically and mentally – and even see your skin looking healthier and fuller!
If you want to stay more hydrated in 2021, it’s important to think beyond water: you don’t justy lose fluid when you dehydrate, you lose the vital chemicals your body keeps in that fluid – your electrolytes. Using a rehydration product from your chemist or online like Clinova hydration tablets or sachets will give you a top up of those vital salts and keep you feeling at your best.
Whether it’s a run, using the free gym in the park or simply a walk around the block, the benefits of getting outside are more than physical. While it’s important to get regular exercise – even a brisk walk that raises your heart rate can help to prevent heart disease later in life – simply being outdoors can benefit your mental health.
Studies and individual anecdotes show getting out into nature – whether that’s a long distance walk in the wilderness, a stroll round a local park, or simply taking the time to look at neighbours front gardens, and the flowers growing through the cracks in the pavement – can have a positive effect on mental health, from helping to encourage a ‘mindful’ state, to helping reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety to simply lifting low mood.
While it shouldn’t replace expert medical advice, making sure you take a daily walk, run or other kind of trip outdoors (in accordance with the current lockdown guidelines) could have a real positive effect on your outlook.
Soak Up Some Light
Light has a real effect on our brains, and it could account for why some of us find the winter mentally and emotionally difficult to endure.
Our brains produce a chemical called melatonin, which is what makes us feel drowsy and ready to sleep. Rather than producing this chemical at night, when we want to sleep, our brains produce it all the time, and only bright light suppresses it! The shorter daytimes in the winter mean more melatonin production, less energy, more difficulty getting out of bed in the morning and in some cases, low mood and depression.
To compensate, you can make sure you take advantage of the daylight there is, taking walks or simply working by a window. You might also want to invest in a SAD lamp. These lights replicate the wavelengths of sunlight, and basking in the rays of your SAD lamp in the morning or evening can extend the daytime to a length that your brain is happier with!