Got No Energy – Am I a SAD case?

Photo Courtesy of David OakesSometimes especially first thing in the morning in winter months, I  struggle with my energy levels, I am normally a morning person when it comes to getting the most things done.  However, during the winter I struggle with getting up. 

I swear I suffer from the SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) syndrome. If you have never heard of this, it is when the winter months affect your mood, your mindset, your energy and your mental health.  Some people get depressed, withdraw into themselves, struggle to get the day started, feel over tired, you get the drift….  Apparently over 2million people suffer from this in the UK and more that 12 million across Europe.

 

When it is summer I normally spring out of bed and into crazy action mode as soon as daylight hits the curtains, but in the winter it is a struggle for me to get out of bed in the dark, I feel tired, slouchy and no energy.

So what can I do about it?

  • I really need to invest in a SAD clock or light box. I’ve heard that they help you wake up more naturally in the dark winter months.  It works by gently creating a sunrise effect in your bedroom.  So when you set your alarm, it will begin an artificial sunrise 30 minutes before the alarm is due.  There are also clocks that have natural noises, such as birdsong, water etc.  I know for me just the sound of the birds tweeting and seeing daylight will get me up in a much more agreeable mood.
  • More importantly especially as I live in the UK, suffering from a lack of Vitamin D does not help with your energy levels.   So from September to April I take vitamin D supplementation.  Not only does Vitamin D help with bone health, it also helps with mood also.
  • Walking – yes that’s right walking helps according to Seasonal Affective Disorder Association (SADA).     They recommend a one hour walk in the middle of the day can help you cope with the winter blues.
  • Eat Healthy – in the winter months you are more prone to eating stodgy foods and putting weight on, this doesn’t help the situation. So eat less carbohydrates and more fruits and vegetables.
  • Get out and about into the sunlight as much as possible. This will help you feel much better, I know 🙂
  • Take up a new hobby, one that will keep you occupied and stop you thinking about the dark days and nights. 
  • Get out there and see your friends and family more during this time.  It will improve your mental health interacting with others.
  • Seek help if you are really depressed about the cold winter months, it is better to talk to someone about it that suffer alone.  There are support groups about, you can try and find one locally, or contact your local GP for more info and advice.

I hope you found this post useful, if you have any other suggestions and ideas on how to beat the winter blues, please leave a comment below to help others reading this post. 🙂

 

** Photo Courtesy of David Oakes https://davidoakesimages.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/a-dark-and-damp-day-in-cumbria/

 

Do You Suffer From Holiday Bloating?

You are not the only one, there are hundreds if not thousands of people who suffer from discomfort, can constipation and bloating when on holiday or during the holiday period. I do too, and when we finally got around to talking about it, so does my partner.  So not it is not a strange phenomenon, it is actually more comment that most people think.

It can  make it even more uncomfortable if you suffer from IBS or are sensitive to certain foods and are unable to monitor or have control of your food as you would normally if you were at home.

So what can you do?

So here are some of my tips that may help you….

  • I take away with me Aloe Colon Cleanse tablets, and use these in the night time to help keep my bowels moving thoughout my holiday. You can buy them online, or from health food shops. Make sure it is all natural and organic.
  • You also have to remember to drink lots of liquids on holiday, and wine, spirits and beer do not count 🙂  if you are drinking alcohol, it is good practice to drink a glass of water in between each drink.  We forget that the sun is hot on holiday, and get carried away enjoying yourself!  Drink pure water every day as the first thing you consume. If you don’t like your water straight up, try this or add some lemon juice or lemon slices.Herbal tea is also great but avoid coffee and tea as much as possible and if you do choose to include them drink extra water and fresh vegetable juice to help counter their dehydrating effects and acidity.
  • If you can try eating an apple a day, or fruits with skin on them, as this provides roughage. 
  • Do lots of walking on holiday as exercising can help to keep the bowel working. 
  • Avoid Heavily over processed foods, preferring fish and fresh or cooked vegetables rather than chips with every thing. 
  • Avoid large servings of red meats, refined sugar, cakes, cookies and refined salt, you will suffer with bloating. These foods are just not designed to go into our bodies!

SO there you go, hope these tips help you to enjoy your holiday with a nice flat stomach!

If you have any other tips or advice, please leave them below to help other readers….

It’s Official, Mindfulness can help with your Menopause Symptoms

Its official Mindfulness, and creating a positive environment can help with the menopause.   It is something I have always advocated in my personal life, having a personal mindset.  But having read this article it brings out a lot of what those of us already in the ‘know’ teach and practice.

Meditation, self talk, improving your outlook on life, how you talk to yourself all adds to creating a much positive experience to help you get through these difficult times.

So I will let you go and have a read yourselves, just follow the link below.

Do come back to my blog and let me know your thoughts on this….

 

 

https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/menopause-symptoms-and-treatments/make-your-menopause-a-positive-experience

Women who inspire me…

Many people who I have spoken to regarding weightloss or improving health, have all said they needed inspiration to continue.

Inspiration comes from within, motivation will help, but you yourself have to become inspired.

It’s also great to have a group of people, a network to help you achieve your goals.  Start by being accountable, tell your nearest and dearest your desires, let them hold you accountable to achieving what you waid you would set out to achieve.

Track your actions and achievements – break your goals down into bite sized chunks and tick of each milestone as you reach it.

Now this lady in the video below has been an inspiration to me especially as she started out her fitness regime in her 50’s.  She wanted to improve her health initially, and now she inspires and teaches ladies 50 and over how to be their best self.

Today’s very inspirational video shows that no matter your age it is never late to start to look after your health.

I hope you take away from this as much as I have.

 

If you are inspired by this leave me a comment below.

Christmas Over, Let’s Get You Back on Track with Your Health Goals

 

We are fast approaching end of the year and many of us need to think about our health and getting back on track after all those goodies we had over the holidays….

I love Christmas, but it should come with a health warning….  You eat and eat and eat, all the wrong foods, and seemingly with no limit at all. 

I love food, I love Cheese, I love wine…. all these things are not great for keeping my figure on point, so starting January its got to go….. 

I will be starting January 2nd with a 5 day detox and 30 day healthy eating and exercising regime.  

Here are a few things I am doing to help me get on track, I hope it helps you too…

  • Cut out sweets and chocolate
  • Reduce Alcohol intake to one glass a day….
  • Drink more water
  • Start on a one smoothie a day habit
  • Walk at least 3 miles a day minimum or exercise 30 minutes a day for 3 days of the week

Watch out for more great health tips to get you back on track, check back tomorrow!