October has come to an end and so has Daylight Saving Time. For many of us, this can be a difficult time. There are some easy ways to help you survive the shorter days and help keep you positive.
Waking up to dark mornings can be tough. Leaving the office and taking the commute home in darkness can be equally tough. Let’s face it. Short days are tough. Even the most positive, winter loving people can have difficulty during these days. Of course, the best answer to surviving these dark days would be to run away to another part of the world were there is lots of sunlight. For those of use who do not have that option, here are some great ways to get through the shorter days of winter.
Take Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for all people of all ages. We get our vitamin D from sun exposure and very few foods have vitamin D naturally occurring. When winter hits, it can be very difficult to get your daily need. Many foods have been fortified with this vitamin including milk and packaged orange juice. Chances are, you do not drink enough milk or orange juice from a carton to get enough of the recommended daily amount and you should consider a vitamin D supplement.
Health Canada’s daily recommended intakes (RDAs) for vitamin D 600 IU for children over the age of one to adults aged 70, and 800 IU for adults over 70. Pink Ice Energy contains 300 IU in every packet.
Getting plenty of exercise is one of the best ways to help with your mental health. It can be very difficult for many of us to transition from being outdoors regularly to staying active indoors. We have some great tips to help you transition during the fall.
Embracing the cold can be one of the best ways to get that daylight you need. If you can, try to get out at lunch and take a walk and if you love to jog or run, just a little bit of prep can keep you running all winter. We offered some great tips in our Rock Your Winter Run article.
Your chance for light is pretty limited with some areas of the country getting less than 7 hours of daylight during the winter, so be prepared to make some changes in your routine in order to take advantage of the minimal light. If you are used to working out first thing in the morning or late in the day, try, if your schedule permits, to work out at lunch. If you are used to eating your lunch right at your workplace, find another place you can walk to that will get you out outside during the best part of the day. Take your coffee outside during break and enjoy the fresh air for five minutes. Every little bit of light on your face can help with your mood.
Eat Tropical Fruit
Of course, eating healthily is the cornerstone to everything healthy. Great metabolism boosting foods can help with energy. This in turn keeps you moving. Keeping moving keeps your mind healthy and, well, we all know that this just a positive cycle that can really help during these lightless days. But instead of going for your usual apples and oranges, why not try some that you are unfamiliar with. A visit to your local Asian grocer can be the most amazing adventure where you will discover many exotic, imported fruits and vegetables. A quick check online and you will easily find out what an unfamiliar fruit is, what to look for when buying, when it is ripe and how to eat it. Check the frozen food section. Many grocers carry flash froze exotic fruits that can be used in your smoothies or cocktails. Maybe you can’t run away to the tropics but why not let the tropics visit you?