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Boost your mood as the days get shorter

As the clocks go back and the days get shorter, it’s easy to let our mood and productivity be affected, and the winter blues kick in.  There’s a scientific reason for this, as our bodies regulate our own body clock which is affected by light. With a sudden jolt of the clocks going back, our natural rhythms can be thrown off, which can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) however, there are ways to beat it. 

Take the time to relax 

Your new sleeping pattern can take a while to adjust, so allow yourself the time to relax as much as you can to get used to your new routine. Switch off your devices, run a hot bath, read a book and help your mind truly relax, and get ready for a good nights sleep. 

Diet and exercise 

We tend to crave comfort food when the winter nights get longer and darker, but a carb heavy meal will only add to you feeling sluggish. To combat fatigue and low mood try to introduce leafy greens and protein filled foods to keep your mind and body healthy. 

Look for the light 

Getting outside and soaking up vitamin D from sunlight, even in the winter months is a great mood booster. When inside, fill your home with the calming light from aromatherapy candles. Watching a slow burning candle can ease stress and anxiety, help us into a more meditate state as the low light is associated with relaxation in our brains. 

Engage your senses

Scent is one of the most powerful factors that can alter a persons mood. Essential oils used as natural fragrance can trigger a calming effect on its user, like lavender which has been known for centuries as a natural sedative, or peppermint which results in feelings of wellness and clarity. Using aromatherapy candles, diffusers and room mists in your home can help with relaxation, happiness and a feeling of well-being. 

Organise your home

Research shows that decluttering can make you feel happier at home, and less time outside means that the winter months are the best time to do this. For many of us, decluttering can have a positive impact on our mental health, but it can often be seen as an overwhelming task. Start by allocating 20 minutes to a realistic and achievable goal, like clearing out a drawer and work it into your daily routine. 

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