"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit". Aristotle
This year is flying by and I can’t believe we are already in the heart of autumn. I love this time of the year but I must admit I could do with more sunshine and daylight. Unfortunately, a combination of hectic lifestyles, cold weather and lack of sunlight, can have an undesirable effect on our spirit and our energy levels. I find that it is so easy to lose that “sparkle” at this time of the year as the only things that we really want to do are hibernate, eat and sleep.
Staying uplifted and motivated in winter can be a real task, and with that in mind, I have listed 7 easy tips that I hope will help bring your sparkle back:
1 – EAT HAPPY FOOD We are what we eat! Eat food that gives you a Serotonin boost such as chicken, turkey, salmon, eggs, bananas, nuts and seeds. If you didn’t know, Serotonin is known to be our happy hormone. Vitamin D is your sunshine vitamin. Eat natural foods like mushrooms especially Shiitake, eggs, pork and oily fish. It is recommended that we eat fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna and sole at least twice a week. In general, avoid high-sugar and processed food and make sure your diet includes lots of whole grains and foods rich in vitamin B like spinach, broccoli, lentils, peas, oranges and grapefruit
2 – STAY HYDRATED Our brain cannot function properly if we don’t supply our body with enough water. This often leads to headaches and feeling tired. It is recommended that we drink at least eight glasses of water a day. For those of you who don’t like the taste of water, add some lemon, lime, mint or cucumber to flavour it naturally.
3 – POWER NAP
A 20-30 minute nap is only what you need to boost your happy hormone serotonin. A power nap will leave you feeling recharged, with the energy to carry on with the rest of your day.
4 – LISTEN TO MUSIC Feeling sad? Need to shift a bad mood? Listen to some upbeat music and help your brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical.
5 – GET SOME DAYLIGHT Exposure to sunlight is said to increase the brain’s release of serotonin. Lack of sunlight can make some of us feel sad and unmotivated. Wrap up warm and try to spend as much time in bright natural daylight to boost your happy hormone.
6 – LOSE YOURSELF IN A GOOD STORY Repetitively checking your phone, emails and social media can have a negative effect on your moral. Try to unplug from technology especially at night and instead, do something relaxing like reading a book that has been on your list for a while. It is said that when losing yourself in an engrossing story, you magically forget about the pressures faced in your daily life.
7 – SCENT YOUR SPACE Aromatherapy oils can ease tension and balance moods when diffused into a space. I love this calming recipe made of 4 drops of Frankincense, 3 drops of Neroli and 2 drops of Mandarin essential oils. Add these essential oils blend to a diffuser or oil burner and feel the tension drifting away.
Melanie is an Image Therapist, Facialist and Feminine Empowerment Coach based in central London. She offers Authentic Image Transformation from the inside out for women ready to elevate their personal and professional life.