6 Feel Good Tips to Escape the Winter Blues

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 in Life, Nutrition | 0 comments

One of our core values at Results is openness and honesty. That said I thought I would be open and tell you that I had a pretty average week last week.  For most part I spent the week feeling a little sorry for myself. I had a case of the man flu and a family bereavement on Thursday to add in the mix.  

    I am a big believer in being the positive influence and spilling all my worries and problems really isn’t that upbeat and uplifting. That said, I do feel sometimes we need to be more transparent and open as to how we feel. We are all human and we are all filled with e-motions. Some positive and some not so much.

    Life can be hard. And in the words of Rocky…

 

Sometimes we can be on top of the world and other times (for no reason at all) we can just feel like we are ready to breakdown into tears.  So for today's newsletter I thought I would bring you 6 Feel Good Tips to Escape the Winter Blues.

  Without further ado

 

1 - Eat your Feel Good Foods

    Eat foods that are rich in Tryptophan. Foods such as fish, seeds, nuts, vegetables and dark chocolate are all high in tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid and goes on to make serotonin a neurotransmitter that helps regulate appetite, sleep patterns and maybe most importantly mood. Poor serotonin production has been linked to anxiety, depression and a whole host of other health challenges.  

 


Did I just justify your chocolate consumption??

 



2 - Get Moving



Feeling a little bit blah is a state of being and research shows the quickest way to change your state is to get moving. By moving vigorously we get a hit of endorphins which can instantly change our internal state. Having a workout literally is a miracle drug and it doesn’t even need to cost anything. 



As for what exercise you should do - Results Fitnesscamp 😉 Just kidding. Do whatever puts a smile on your face. It might be bootcamp, it might be a hike up the Peak, it might be dancing.  
It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as it makes you feel better. 




3 - Get Outside & Take a Hike in Nature

 



There is something about getting outside in nature that just makes you feel better. Several studies have indicated that time spent outdoors reduces symptoms of depression and elevates mood. 95% of participants in a study from The Mind Organization noted a mood improvement after time spent outdoors. Previously feeling depressed, stressed out and anxious, these participants reported that they felt more relaxed and tranquil.



Personally I think that many of our life struggles are based around disconnection and simply getting outside can reconnect us back to nature and often gives us a fresh perspective on life.




4 - Take your Multi-Vitamins



Our bodies are amazing. From our heart beats, that we don’t even need to think about to our innate ability to heal from a cut. There are literally trillions of actions and reactions that occur in our bodies at a cellular level every single day. When our bodies are fuelled at a cellular level and there are no nutritional deficiencies then we remove the potential kinks or roadblocks that can arise in our performance. Our job is to provide our bodies with the right nutrients, in the right forms at the right times at the right balance. The right nutrients aid in detoxification, healing, repairing and creating energy.



A nutrient dense diet can give us a lot of what we need but it can’t give us everything. On testing we fall short time and time again. A multi-vitamin is like an insurance policy. It covers you. You would survive without a multivitamin but you certainly wouldn’t thrive. 



Here is what we use http://www.functionalwellness.co.nz/supplements/bepure-one/ 




5 - Indulge in Something you Love



Sometimes when it feels like nothing's going your way and everything is crumbling around you, you need to stop what you're doing and indulge yourself in something you love. It might be a walk on the beach, diving into a good book or maybe an old movie. Find something for you.




6 - Do Something Kind for Someone Else



By doing something for someone else it gives you the feeling that you have made a positive difference in someone's world. It brings meaning and connection to our lives. When we focus on others, our own problems and issues seem to diminish or melt away. 



It doesn’t have to be big just thoughtful. It might be making a cup of tea for someone or buying an extra coffee to give. A handwritten message to your partner telling them why they're awesome. It might be opening a door or simply just smiling at someone. 




That’s it for today, have a great week, stay warm on both the inside and out 🙂 

Paul "off for a walk in nature" and Krystie "I may just join you" Miller      

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