Old man winter is upon us in full force. As you mentally prepare to brace for the cold each day, know that what you are not alone in feeling frustrated. For many people, finding the motivation to be active and positive during winter months can be difficult, and the reason why may be even more obvious than you think. According to Dr. Akua Gray, ND, “If you were to take a survey of people who live in cold climate areas the majority of them will tell you they don’t like, they have just gotten used to it. And the getting “used to it” is either bundling up enough to manage necessary mobility or staying out it. Winter is a forced existence by nature that is very limiting and often unpleasant. Some people are not mentally and emotionally up to the challenge.”
If you are one of those people who aren’t up to the challenge, there are steps you can take to make your winter more productive. Dr. Gray suggests indoor exercise, creating a healthy family food challenge to stay active in the kitchen, and some good old fashion housework. “Winter cleaning gets the body moving while inside and adds a new air to the house, rearrange the furniture, hang winter curtains, get ready for a new spring wardrobe by clearing out old clothes,” suggests Dr. Gray. And if breaking a sweat in cleaning mode doesn’t help, skip the hassle and head to a warmer climate for the weekend.
If you can’t take a warm getaway, herbs can be a critical role in your mood during the colder months. “Plant-based multi-vitamins like alfalfa, 4PG by New Body Products or wild blue-green algae keeps cellular nutrition at adequate levels with decreased mobility. Bee Pollen capsules are a great natural energy booster and fat burner,” said Dr. Gray. There’s also nothing better than what good old Mother Nature has to offer. Greens are highly nutritious and keep the iron levels up in the blood, which aids the body’s tolerance to the cold, while proteins like beans maintain muscle mass and feed the brain.
If these natural remedies do not help, you may need to seek professional advice. “If by chance your winter mood goes sour for more than a couple of weeks you might need to talk with a certified counselor to make sure depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is not setting in,” said Dr. Gray. Never hesitate to put your health first. Here’s to a speedy winter.