(NC) – This is a tough time of year for Canadians. The days feel short and the weeks feel long. In fact, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, up to 15 per cent of the population could experience what we regularly refer to as the ‘winter blues.’
Winter blues can be exacerbated by a number of factors. Work-related anxiety, poor diets and lack of sleep can all contribute to a lethargic and grumpy state. As time goes on, things can get worse. People can get worn down and they may be more likely to turn to fast, convenient food, skip breakfast or not eat altogether.
Here are some tips on how to keep energy levels up and avoid the winter blues:
- It’s hard to believe that something as simple as eating more fibre can provide that ‘get up and go’ feeling, but research shows that people who have a high fibre intake experience less fatigue, which makes eating All-Bran Buds a good way to fight off the winter blues. It is a very high source of fibre with 11 grams per serving and can add an extra boost of fibre to your favourite recipes – even in meatloaf and burgers. You can find some tasty and creative ways to fibre-up online at www.all-bran.ca.
- Plan Ahead:
- Most Canadians grab fast and easy convenience food, but it’s important to plan ahead and choose foods that contribute important nutrients to your day. When choosing meals and snacks for the week, make smart food choices that provide important nutrients and energy to last throughout the day.
- Me Time:
- Make time for yourself and ensure you make a point of stepping out during the day for a breath of fresh air. Having time to decompress will help increase productivity throughout the week.
- Be Active:
- People of all ages can benefit from moderate physical activity. Research shows that regular physical activity can help you manage stress, release tension and boost your energy levels so you can do the things you love.