Spring may be just around the corner. Yet, for most of us, these last few weeks of winter are the hardest time of the year. The further north you are, the less sunlight there is. Additionally, the cold weather plus the abundance of infections making means this is the time of the year where we feel truly run down and at our lowest ebb. In other words, we are hit hard by winter fatigue. 

If you are one of us, you may experience a general lack of energy coupled with feelings of apathy and depression. As a result, finding the motivation to do anything becomes a huge challenge. In general, studies show that people are generally less productive during winter, regardless of which job they do.

Our 5 Tips to Handle Winter Fatigue

But fear not. There are several ways to get that spring feeling a bit earlier and bolster your resistance to the remains of the cold season.

1) Get out of the house

Our natural tendency is to go into a sort of hibernation during winter, especially during the final months. Plans to get more exercise, live healthier and explore new places are put on hold until spring, leaving many people in suspended animation. The key is to force yourself to go and do stuff in nature. One of the great survival techniques you’ll find amongst people who live in really cold areas is the fact that they carry on with their daily lives as normal despite the weather. Once you get some momentum going, it becomes easier, we promise.

2) Take up a winter hobby

There are many things that work best in really cold weather so why not start doing some of them to pass the time. Try ice skating or skiing or, if you’re not the physical type, try your hand at ice sculpture. The key is to start being active. Once your body gets over its initial resistance you’ll be surprised at how invigorating and energizing cold-weather activities can be.

3) Reconnect with your inner child

An evening spent around the dinner table with friends or family playing board games or building an intricate puzzle is a great bonding experience and the type of slow pleasure we often overlook as adults. Put away the digital devices and take the time to really connect with others. Happy people have been proven to have more energy and this type of close, intimate bonding is a true happiness boost

4) Get some Vitamin D

Vitamin D, sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin”, it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight. Vitamin D helps boost your immune system, fights depression and even helps with weight loss. The lack of this key vitamin is closely tied to the prevalence of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in people who live in places that have a serious shortage of sunlight during the winter. While Vitamin D occurs naturally some bards, it is very hard to get enough of it purely through diet. We suggest investing in some good Vitamin D supplements and taking them throughout autumn and winter.

5) Meditate with Synctuition

Meditation helps the brain release serotonin naturally by inhibiting activity in the stress-producing regions of the brain: the amygdala and the right prefrontal cortex. Meditation also strengthens activity in the relaxation and happiness response of the brain: the left prefrontal cortex. Unless you’re doing hard physical labour, your winter fatigue is almost certainly a mental issue. In just 25 minutes a day, Synctuition acts like a happiness and energy boost. When you feel positive, you’ll have a lot more energy.

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