As of tomorrow, it’s official – the days are getting longer. The winter solstice is here, along with the End of Financial Year, which can be a dreaded time for paperwork and budget reviews. But it can also be a great time to take a moment to pause and reflect. Over the past 6 months New Year’s resolutions have been made, and in my case, definitely broken. So now is a great time to think back over previous Wellness Matters articles that resonated and got us thinking about how to better ourselves. Why not take a moment to reflect on your past 6 months and look forward to the next? These breathing techniques are great if you only have a few minutes to relax. The more you try the easier you’ll find it.
The Winter Solstice last week signaled that we are finally on the home stretch back to spring sunshine. Vitamin D levels can drop dramatically over the colder months and the weather can make bouts of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) more common. although there are still levels of skepticism around the validity of the disorder, there is definitely a case to be made that moods can be more susceptible to downturns when melatonin levels vary. Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by the brain that helps regulate sleep and signals to the body when your circadian rhythm anticipates the best time to turn in. The change in light between winter and summer can cue earlier signals to be sent that puts the body out of the natural rhythm and creates sleep disturbances. This imbalance can have side effects such as low-level depression and insomnia.
While there are supplements you can take, we have found a few foods that are naturally high in melatonin. Try some of them to help boost your levels during those cold winter days? Or just make them a regular part of your diet to maintain steady levels of melatonin all year round. Corn, broccoli, rolled oats and walnuts are all great melatonin foods. There are also a number of other minerals and amino acids that can help as well. dairy products and seafood are high in tryptophan, and leafy greens and bananas are full of magnesium. This is just a starting point for you to mix and match your flavour preferences for the best sleep and balanced diet. So kick the SADs and welcome the sunshine back!
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