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The Effect Of Winter On Our Mental Health

28 January 2022

Depending on where you are in the world, the winter can be full of darker nights and gloomy days. While this can lead to a cosy atmosphere, some days it can feel disheartening.

While living in the dark for a few months every year may feel frustrating, did you know it can also affect your mental health? The late autumn and winter months can actually leave us feeling down, but luckily there are steps we can take to feel better.

If you’re interested in improving your winter life, keep reading. We’ve researched why the darker days leave us feeling low, what we can do to feel better, and some of the best cosy home products on the market right now.

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Why Do Darker Nights Affect Our Mental Health?

Though the winter season has festive events and gives us a chance to celebrate the new year, it doesn’t always feel too positive. Many of us spend the winter days waking up before the sun and returning home from work during the day. Missing a chunk of daylight can feel depressing, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

When the days become shorter, our bodies notice. Humans need regular sunlight to function, so we need to stay on top of our mental and physical health. Without our vitamin D, we are often left feeling anxious, sad, and our immune system lowers too.

Don’t worry! There are a few ways we can beat this seasonal change.

What Can We Do?

Looking for some ways to improve your wellbeing in the winter? Here are some common tips for anyone who wants to boost their mental and physical health in winter.

Stick to a routine

One key step to take to improve your happiness in the darker months is to find a routine that suits you and stick to it. It can be tough to get out of bed when it’s still dark, but a morning routine that you enjoy will motivate you to start the day. Plus, when you begin your working day with a calm and organized routine you’re more likely to have an enjoyable and productive day too.

Embrace the positives

While this may seem difficult, it’s important to stop and look around. Yes, it’s very dark and cold, but winter is still a beautiful season. From a sparkling morning frost to the beauty of Christmas lights, there are positives to enjoy at this time of year. If you start the day with gratitude and appreciation, you’ll likely feel better despite the weather.

Exercise often

This tip will always appear in a wellness article, however, we can’t stress how important it is to get out and exercise. No one wants to get up early and jog in the dark, but it must be done to keep your body healthy and your mind stress-free!

Vitamins and nutrition

If you want to build up some health during the dark months, you can try adding extra vitamins to your diet. Multivitamins are the best way to go, ensuring you get a well-rounded boost. You should also remember to eat a balanced diet full of fruits, veggies, proteins, and carbohydrates to ensure your body is fueled well.

Keep your home well lit

Finally, just because it’s dark outside, doesn’t mean it needs to be dark inside your home too. There is a range of different lighting options available for homes to keep you positive in the winter. From atmospheric mood lighting to bright LED bulbs, you can set the tone of your house with lamps and lights.

What Cosy Products Can You Add To Your Office?

If you want to add a boost of winter cosiness to your home, try some of these trusted Flexispot products! Make sure you pair these with some of the handy winter tips above.

A Back Support Office Chair

With cold and wet weather, the winter is often an uncomfortable season. Make a change and invest in a Back Support Office Chair to ensure you’re sitting comfortably inside. Not only will this improve your posture, but it’s a great way to boost the cosiness in your home office too.

A Bamboo Worktop

While this may not seem like a winter essential, a Bamboo Worktop can add some cosiness into your home office this winter. Warm wood tones are a proven way to add perceived warmth into a room! Pair it with some office decor, like a lamp or a poster, to make the most out of your space.

Keep Your Home Organized

When it’s colder, we tend to avoid big jobs and want to spend our time curled up under a blanket. If this sounds familiar, consider an Under Desk Drawer as this will provide an easy solution to keeping your office tidy. You can’t be truly cosy until your paperwork is tucked away!

Keep Your Life Cosy

Life tends to slow down a little in the winter, but your mood and productivity shouldn’t slow with it! Make sure you’re keeping your home well lit and taking care of your mental health as the days get darker. Just remember, the brighter days will be here again soon.

Do you want to add more wellness to your work and personal life? Flexispot is here to provide you with ergonomic design solutions. Check out our latest arrivals here.