Shorter days and colder weather can leave many of us feeling lethargic during the winter months. Give yourself a pick-me-up with our 9 simple ways to (quickly) boost your energy levels this autumn and winter.
buy yourself a light box
Around 1 in 15 people in the UK experience a condition called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the winter months. Although the exact cause of SAD isn’t fully understood, it’s thought that the lack of sunlight might take some of the blame. Some experts suggest buying a light box (or SAD lamp) that mimic outdoor light.
You can read more about SAD from the folks at the NHS just here.
Think being mindful can make you more sleepy? Think again. It could leave you feeling more energised and present. An easy way to up the energy levels with mindfulness is through breathing techniques. Try some quick mindful breathing and feel your energy boosted throughout the day, or start the morning with some serious zen from your bed.
make and listen to a playlist or podcast
Listening to a playlist of your favourite feel-good songs is a great way to boost your energy. Add to the playlist every time you hear a song or podcast episode that gives you that pick-me-up feeling.
work it out
Let’s face it, finding the motivation to exercise in the colder months is tricky – but it’s worth digging deep to find it. Staying active significantly improves mood and increases the levels of endorphins that your body releases. Get started with just a simple walk each day (perhaps on your lunch break) and you might be surprised at the effects on your energy levels.
laugh out loud
Laughter is the best medicine. Studies have shown that laughing relaxes your body and relieves stress for up to an hour. Our bodies release melatonin every time we laugh, which is proven to boost energy and reduce fatigue.
cut out energy draining drinks
Sometimes, the things we think give us energy have the opposite effect. Drinks, such as caffeine and alcohol, may appear to give you a boost of energy, however, these substances can trick your brain into thinking you don’t need sleep instead of providing energy. Drinking caffeine past 2 pm can also affect your sleep. Moral of the story? Make it decaff in the afternoon.
Learn more about how caffeine can affect your mind.
stock up on vitamin D
Vitamin D has been proven to boost mood and help energy levels. But, sadly, you can’t get vitamin D from the sun in the winter, so many experts recommend taking supplements to keep yourself feeling chipper.
There’s a lot to be said by simply going outside. Feeling the fresh and crisp air against your skin can instantly give you a natural boost of energy – especially on the rare occasions the sun decides to make an appearance.
do a good deed
Doing something selfless can be one of the best ways to improve your mood and your energy. By doing a good deed, you will feel an addictive feel-good buzz which will significantly boost your energy and mood.