How the Change of Seasons Affects Our Health
The clock has turned back one hour and the sun has gone into hibernation. This lack of sunshine not only dampens our mood but can lead to depression in the upcoming winter months. Serotonin is a chemical that influences a variety of body and psychological functions. When serotonin levels are low, we may lose focus, experience low energy levels, and/or a loss of interest in everyday activities. Additionally, it can cause us to sleep in excess amounts, which will leave the body feeling fatigued and muscles feeling sore.
It’s natural to slow down during winter, but it’s important to maintain a positive attitude during this time where darkness is prominent. If you catch yourself falling into a seasonal slump, take time to reflect on what will make you mentally and physically more pleased. If you don’t know where to start, we are here to offer some tips on how to fight the disadvantages of the seasons changing.
Better the Mind and Your Body Will Thank You
If the change in season has you feeling fatigued all the time, making it hard for you to carry out daily tasks, then it is time to improve your mood. Doing things that make you happy can help prevent weight gain, feeling irritable, stressed, or anxious and unexplained aches and pains. In addition to exercising your mental health by participating in activities that you enjoy, exercise for your physical health to decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression.
To keep your mood and physical health stable throughout the New Year, incorporate these tips into your lifestyle.
- Take care of your body – You should always put your health before the health of others. Be sure to eat healthy foods, and take advantage of a good night sleep. Physical activity of any kind release endorphins – also known as natural stress fighters – so if you can, hit the gym or exercise in your own home.
- Manage stress – Unfortunately, there is no avoiding stress, therefore, you have to learn how to manage it. You can do this by meditating, taking a calming bath, listening to calming white noise during the day, or by simply venting to a person you trust.
- Don’t isolate from family and friends – It’s harder to be social when you feel down in the dumps, but being alone can make the feeling worse. Try to reach out to the people you trust as much as you can because even little interaction can make a difference.
How Yoga Can Increase Your Quality of Life
It’s hard to find time to relax and decompress with the holidays coming up and the stress that this trying year has brought everyone. Though, it’s very important to be able to take some time every day for your health and wellness, specifically yoga. Yoga doesn’t only benefit your physical health, but also your mental health. Overall, it can increase your quality of life and better your day to day life. Listed below are some of the benefits that yoga can bring you:
- It relieves stressors in your life, as well as depression and anxiety by decreasing the production and release of stress hormones in the body.
- Chronic pain and inflammation can be reduced with certain poses that will help your specific problems.
- It naturally makes people more mindful in general, and has been proven to help people be more mindful about their eating habits.
- It helps with flexibility, as well as toning and strengthening your body. This is a great substitute if cardio or weight training isn’t your favorite.
Our staff hopes that everyone is making their health a top priority and we urge you all to try it out! If you’re interested, here is a great online yoga class to follow along with: Gentle Yoga Flow - 30 Minute.
How to Stay On Track This Christmas How to Use "The Five Essentials" in 2021
Christmas is in ten days and the last thing anyone wants to worry about is what the family will be eating for dinner. A great way to end 2020 would be to better your health and prepare for a year of wellness ahead! Here are some tips:
- Sales and Specials: BOGO finds are the best when you are trying to stock up on food and make a big family dinner. And, if you overbuy you can always freeze the fresh items that weren’t used.
- It’s Always Better Homemade: Everyone loves a homemade dinner, especially your body and budget. It’s easier to customize the ingredients when you cook it yourself, especially if you are trying to make a nutritious meal with veggies and whole foods. It’s also easier on your wallet since eating out adds up.
- Indulge in Moderation: It’s easy to get carried away with the appetizers, dinner, and desserts on Christmas Eve and Day. It’s more than okay to indulge in whatever foods you would like to, though it’s important to not overdo it.
- Get Your Exercise in Before/After Celebrating: It’s easy to fall off of your workout plan when you get caught up in the holidays. Finding things that you enjoy to relieve stress of the holidays, like going on hikes or doing a quick cardio workout before you start your day, will help keep you on track.
- Stay Inspired: It’s important to surround yourself with positive people and hobbies. Finding a book that raises your mood, catching up with good friends, or anything else that puts you in a good head space are great ways to be your best self.
How to Use "The Five Essentials" in 2021
- Chiropractic Care: We all get Chiropractic Care for one reason or another, but it’s important to remember that consistency is how you will improve your overall health. Scheduling your adjustments and re-examinations routinely is the key to getting the best results.
- Nutrition: Evaluating how different foods make you feel is important when it comes to improving your health over time. Keeping track of the foods you eat can help you with this, specifically healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
- Mindset: Mental health is just as important as physical health, if not more. It’s important to think about where your head was at in 2020 and where you want it to be in 2021. Taking a step back and being mindful about this is a step in the right direction.
- Exercise: Exercising doesn’t only help with your physical health but it optimizes your brain health and functioning. It specifically aids in decreasing stress, anxiety, and illnesses. With the new year unraveling, it’s a good idea to think about your exercise habits.
- Minimizing Toxin Exposure: Things like plastic cups and food containers are known to contain toxic chemicals that affect your body negatively. It’s known to damage hormone receptors, increase fatigue, and lead to illness down the road. Environmental toxins are also things we should all try our best to avoid by washing our hands constantly, choosing our fragrances used wisely, and eating organic foods as much as possible. Environmental toxins block and alter hormone functions which is why they contribute to an increase in hormone-related cancers.
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