Right now when you look outside you see brown, there’s no sun, and it’s chilly enough to pull out the coats. Don’t let that stop you from making the most out of this season. It’ll take some mental and physical preparation for a time like this, so here are a few tips to get started. There are so many outdoor activities that can get you going before winter is officially here. Enjoy the fresh air while it’s still nice enough to enjoy! Take your four-legged friend for a walk, explore a new crispy path on an afternoon hike, or better yet put a few more miles on that bicycle you’re ready to put away. Whatever outdoor activity you choose, you will instantly feel better once you take in some of that fresh air.
Good nutrition is a vital factor in feeling better. There are many small changes you can make to better your nutrition. For instance, cut back on the sugar. Grab a bottle of water, not the energy drink or sugary sodas or share that double-fudge sundae brownie at your favorite restaurant you love so much. Remember to be on top of your Vitamin D intake, because your bones can only be strong and healthy if they are absorbing calcium. Foods like fish, eggs, and milk, which are all rich in Vitamin D, are great additions to your diet. Another small change that can make a big difference is cutting back on your caffeine intake. There’s nothing wrong with your morning cup of joe, but you could always ask for half-decaf or a smaller size. If you’re already the anxious type don’t make it worse by adding the jitters.
Still concerned about being able to enjoy this time of year? Consistent exercise plays a strong role in helping you feel better. When your body is in motion your happy hormone stays… well, happy! Serotonin is a hormone in our bodies that gets livened up every time you exercise, and being active daily is the best way to feel better.
Remember, when you feel better, you can enjoy more. So grab a friend, go outside and enjoy this time of year!
This article was written by Allison Dresser who works with a Minneapolis dentist.