The winter energy drain is real. The short, dark days of winter can sap anyone’s energy. The limited sunlight throws off our natural circadian rhythms, leaving us fatigued and blue.
But don’t hibernate yet! Fight back against the winter doldrums with these 5 tips to refresh your days:
1. GET YOUR DAILY DOSE OF SUNLIGHT
Getting outside during daylight hours helps maintain vitamin D levels, which plays a key role in both energy and mood. Take a short walk, run an errand, or have a cup of coffee on the porch to soak up those energizing rays.
2. KEEP EXERCISING
Physical activity increases feel-good endorphins and improves sleep quality. Get your blood pumping with regular cardio, yoga, or strength training. Just avoid vigorous exercise close to bedtime, so you don’t interfere with the winding down process.
3. EAT ENERGY-PROMOTING FOODS
Stock up on nuts, leafy greens, eggs, citrus fruits, avocado-foods high in magnesium, B vitamins, iron, and healthy fats that provide lasting energy. Stay hydrated and limit processed carbs and sugar that lead to crashes.
4. ESTABLISH AN EVENING WIND-DOWN ROUTINE
Transitioning from stimulating tasks to restful relaxation is key for quality sleep. Develop habits like reading, gentle stretches or aromatherapy, and limit your screen time in the hours before bed.
5. ENJOY A SLEEP-PROMOTING NIGHTCAP
Unwind from a busy day with a soothing bedtime mocktail. Sipping magnesium-rich ingredients like tart cherry juice and aloe vera before bed can also help improve sleep quality, as magnesium relaxes muscles and calms the nervous system.
For an extra boost, take Nature’s Sunshine magnesium capsules with your mocktail – our magnesium is ideal for restorative rest. This crimson elixir makes the perfect natural solution for rebalancing your circadian rhythms.
5 oz tart cherry juice
2 TBSP Aloe Vera Juice
A squeeze of lime
Top with sparkling water
Garnish with lime
Consistently implementing these tips will help you find more spark to take on even the darkest days.