Sunlight – Getting out in the fresh air and sunlight is proven to improve your mood, help with depression and anxiety and is also is important for regulating the circadian rhythm.  Just 15 minutes in the morning will shut off your melatonin production and help get your body clock in synch.  When it’s dark your melatonin is signalled to turn on again to help you feel drowsy.  If getting outside in the mornings doesn’t work for your schedule just get out when you can. Even on rainy days going for a walk in the fresh air will clear your head and help you feel more energised.

Eat seasonal vegetables and fruit – Where possible eating fruit and veg that are in season has a number of benefits, including importantly, that they contain more available nutrients and so will be better for our health.  Far from being an on trend thing to do it’s what we have done for generations before we have been able to import foods from afar.  Also eating seasonally is more economical, better for the environment and means we get better flavour from our foods as they are being picked when they are ripe.  Winter seasonal fruit and veg in the UK currently are apples, cabbage, sprouts, parsnips, carrots, cauliflower and pumpkins to name a few.  Eating warming starchy veg and greens in stews will give you a boost of vitamins and minerals and a slow release of energy which is great to keep us going at this time of year. 

Sleep – Getting good rest and sleep is so important to feeling vital and well. We are naturally wired to feel more sleepy in the winter so why not prioritise it and see if you feel better for it? It’s important not to be on devices until late at night (preferably not after 9pm) as this will affect our circadian rhythm and melatonin production. Creating a relaxing night time routine which could include a book, cosy pj’s and lighting some candles will help you to feel more calm. 

Water – Staying hydrated is easy to incorporate and has so many health benefits but so many of us struggle to do it.  If you don’t fancy a glass of cold water in the winter months why not have cups of warm water with lemon or herbal teas? Having plenty of water will also help your skin feel less dry which many of us can get during the colder weather. 

Supplements – Now I’m not a nutritionist and of course you should talk to a registered nutritionist for more information on good quality supplements.  However some supplements that you might find useful if you are feeling run down in the winter months are vitamin c, vitamin d and omega’s 3 and 6 (to look after skin from the inside out). I tend to use Nutri Advanced and Cytoplan if I feel I need a boost from supplements that I’m not getting from food or I’m feeling below par.  I personally lean towards homeopathy, nutrition, rest and water as a first line of defence in the winter and if needed add in some good old vitamin C! 

If you’d like to find out more about how homeopathy can help you or you would like to arrange a free 30 minute chat then please email helen@helenjefferies.co.uk or call me on 07387553140