Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, it’s time to shake off the last of those nagging winter blues. There are some great ways to welcome the spring – and feel your best all year round. So to tide you over until summer, here are my top healthy lifestyle tips for moving from winter into spring:
1. Say aloud to yourself, 'Today is a wonderful day full of unlimited possibilities.'
2. Count your blessings. For as long as I can remember, Oprah has been advising us to state five things for which we are grateful – and to write them down.
3. Expect the best, not the worst, and take a look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFP2p0Y9gU8
Bring colour into your life. Wear a cheerful, bright coloured top or scarf, paint a room your favourite uplifting colour, buy some fresh flowers or green leafy houseplants and place them in the most liveable room in your home. Colour therapy is incredibly effective at boosting your mood.
Try supplements to support your body. Supplements containing omega-3s and vitamin D help lift our mood. There are also some great herbal supplements on the market that can help us beat the blues. Neurapas balance, a homeopathic remedy, promotes a healthy, balanced mood and regulates sleep. This product contains St. John's Wort, valerian root and passionflower – all of which relieve symptoms of burnout and stress, and can help you deal with the post-winter blues the natural way.
Invite and allow love in your life. Often, single people assume that being with someone will bring them love, while some coupled people are constantly seeking more love. Guess what? If you start with yourself, i.e. saying and thinking more loving kind thoughts, love might just come knocking on your door!
Get some fresh air and sunshine on your face. I've already mentioned the power of vitamin D, and sunshine is truly the best source, as is fresh air. So get outside for a welcome burst of sunshine and fresh air. Just thinking about cool crisp air with a sunny blue sky will put you in a good mood. Even if it's grey and damp outside, just close your eyes and visualize it!
Happiness cannot be found in a tub of ice cream, a plate of white pasta or a bag of candy. These foods, or rather, phood-like substances, are a recipe for prolonging the blues. Foods with zero nutrition tax the body and create a need for even more nutrients for their assimilation. If you eat processed 'white' junk foods, your brain will continue to crave nutrients, and you will end up craving even more sugar and refined carbs. How do you stop this? Eat nutrient-dense delicious foods.
Joy McCarthy is a certified holistic nutritionist (CNP, RNCP), founder of JoyousHealth.com and wellness clinic Joyous Health, where she consults a global community of clients and teaches workshops. Author of “JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat & Live Well without Dieting." Joy is a regular health expert on CBC’s Steven and Chris and Global TV’s Morning Show. She is an international speaker and teacher at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.