Still feeling the winter blues? Here are some helpful tips to get you through the rest of it, even though spring is just around the corner!

Do 30-40 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least 3 times a week. This will help give you more energy, increase circulation, and aid in restful sleep at night.

Yoga and Meditation. You need to stretch and relax after those hard workouts and busy days, not just your body, but your mind as well. Choose a slower paced yoga such as Hatha and make the most of those stress-busting breathing techniques. The full meditation and relaxation portion of the Complete Body Workout DVD is an excellent choice!

Proper Diet. Make sure you include these essential mood boosting foods on your list. They are high in B vitamins, minerals and omega 3’s. Salmon, fish oil, flax seeds or flax oil, avocado, almonds, bananas, whole grains, spinach, olive oil, berries and tomatoes. Taking extra vitamins such as B complex, vitamin E & Vitamin D3 can also be very beneficial. Avoid salt, trans-fats, and refined sugars as much as possible.
Try to limit your daily caffeine intake as well. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 12 hours and can make it harder for you to fall asleep at night. We all know that getting the proper amount of sleep does wonders for your mood and your whole body!

Aromatherapy such as essential oils, are known to possess wonderful properties that can reduce stress, ease tense nerves, and help bring you feelings of well-being. Most oils come in a variety of blends to treat multiple symptoms. They are available in sprays that can be used on clothes, pillows, or even misted onto the neck and face! The drops are excellent additions to a nice hot bath (with candles on the side of course!) Check with your Naturopath for suggestions or allergy concerns first, or if you are pregnant or nursing.

If the sun is out, dress warm and go for a walk! Make the most of any sunshine you can get. It will improve your mood and you will also benefit from the extra exercise. Choose a park or seawall if you have access. Take in some nature in while you’re at it! S.A.D. lights are also an option.

Take time for YOU!!! (This does not mean cleaning the house or running errands) Set aside at least 1 hour a day for doing whatever you enjoy doing, something that will relax you and/or put you in a positive frame of mind. Read a book, watch your favorite movie or listen to your favorite music. Shut off the phone and lock the door, this is your time for YOU!
That pesky email inbox can wait too.

Hope these tips will help! It’s already getting warmer and the spring flowers are coming out in some parts of the country so hang in there! Summer is coming!

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