Fall is just gorgeous in Montreal as the leaves turn to gold, bright orange, and fire red. But when the last leaf falls, the gloomy and cold winter season is around the corner. That means dealing with winter fatigue, which can be hard. Here are 10 tips on how to beat winter fatigue so you can fight the Montreal winter with grace.
Dragging yourself out of bed on those dark mornings can be a challenge. And, after a long day at work, bright headlights blind you on your commute home. The short days and long nights will take their toll on you.
How to Beat Winter Fatigue
- Sleep! Sleep is vital, so get as much as you can.
- Take your Vitamins! Vitamins and supplements are a must, especially during the winter months, unless you are a really healthy eater. Otherwise, take vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.
- Aromatherapy. Using pure essential oils can help you in many ways. Depending on the oils, some help with relaxation while others with alertness and increase focus. Be careful which you choose to use at night so they don’t interfere with good sleeps.
- Laugh! Laughter is the best medicine, as they say. And in this case, you’ll need it to treat the winter blues. It’s also a natural way to help with depression and anxiety.
- Stretch & Exercise. Stretching and exercising will help you feel better and happier. So, remember a half hour each day (nothing too intense).
- Cut Down Caffeine. Caffeine may make you more energetic at first, but too much will have a negative effect on your overall level of energy. Instead of a second cup, choose herbal tea, like peppermint that aids in digestion or green tea.
- Stress management. Managing your stress is crucial.
- Time Management. If you manage your time properly, you’ll reduce your stress level and won’t deplete your energy with rushing to appointments. Give yourself extra time and don’t procrastinate.
- Breathe! Conscious breathing is something most of us don’t do. Instead, we are mostly chest breathers, which isn’t all that good. You need the breath to get right down into your abdomen. How? Breathe deeply by filling your belly with air. Then, slowly release it until there’s no air in your belly, while your shoulders consciously drop in a relaxed position.
- Get Outside! Daylight hours are really important and if you can, overdose on the fresh air you breathe in. Spend half an hour outside each day to benefit from the natural light and fresh air.
Spending time with yourself doing what you love can reduce stress and make you happier. Plan ahead for some “me time,” and never go too long without it. Use all the tips above to reduce stress and help you relax. Use the above 10 tips on how to beat winter fatigue before it happens.