3 Tips for Staying Energized in Winter
Schneck Medical Center - November 20, 2020

Stay Energized this Winter

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Shorter days and colder weather have a way of bringing out the hibernation tendencies in all of us. The good news? That’s natural: early sunsets trigger our brains’ release of melatonin–the sleep hormone–and can make us feel ready for bed before we’re even home from work. The better news? Your productivity doesn’t have to change with the seasons.
 
Check out these three things you can do to keep your energy levels up even after the sun and temperatures go down.

1. Stay healthy

There’s a reason that doctors tout the importance of a healthy diet and exercise routine. Your energy levels are directly tied to those habits. It seems counterintuitive, but you gain energy by expending energy, and it doesn’t take much. Can’t block off 30 minutes to work out? Try doing five- or ten-minute sessions throughout the day. Whatever you do, make it work for you. Any way you can stay active will help you stay energized.
 
Then, fuel that effort with fruits, vegetables, and lean protein to keep yourself moving. Winter is known for comfort foods, but you can still enjoy those in healthy ways–get creative with soups, winter vegetables, and more.

2. Stay social - virtually

Your soft couch and cozy blanket are all the more tempting when it’s dark and cold inside. Why go out when you can stay in?, you might wonder. And you have a point.
 
We’re wired to be around other people, though, so fight the urge to hide inside for four months. Try virtual socialization by hosting an online game night or happy hour. You’ll get your social fix, maintain connections with friends and family, and can do it all from your couch.

3. Stay positive

Studies have shown that acts of positivity and kindness are good for your health. Being nice to others boosts your levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are brain chemicals that influence feelings of satisfaction and well-being.
 
Plus, small acts of kindness go a long way. Think about how you feel when a stranger holds a door open for you or “pays it forward” and buys your coffee. Makes your day, right? Not only does positivity energize us, it helps those around us. And during the dark days of winter, that’s more important than ever.
 
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