Wow, where did the time go?
It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Labor Day…
Now, the holiday season is here and the new year is just around the corner.
And with all of the seasonal decorations, bright lights, and holiday cheer, there’s a ton to get excited about this month.
Unfortunately, there’s also a dark side to this part of the year — quite literally.
Since the days are SO much shorter.
And getting less sunlight during the winter can do more than just throw off your day.
It can put you into a sour mood, sap your energy, and cause a disruption to your sleeping pattern.
All of that works together to seriously damper your holiday cheer.
That’s why, every day at lunch, there’s something many of us here in the office do this time of year — lick clockwork.
It’s super simple and doesn’t cost any of us a dime.
And the research shows us that it’s the easiest way to help make sure these shorter winter days don’t get the best of you. (1)
The answer: Spend more time outside.
It sounds simple, right?
But the data shows us that Americans spend nearly 90% of their day inside. (2)
That’s a number that only GROWS during the holiday season.
And what’s worse, is that when people finally do leave the house for a commute…it’s done in the dark.
Now, I have an idea of what you’re probably thinking:
“But, you guys at Thrive Naturals don’t have to deal with the cold and snow in Southern California.”
And yes, you are correct.
But a lot of us are from the East Coast or the Midwest, so we know a thing or two about how difficult winter can be.
And you don’t have to be outside for a tremendous amount of time to feel the positive effects. In fact, it only takes 5-15 minutes (or more) of outdoor time each day to dramatically improve your mood and your self-esteem. (3)
This may sound too good to be true…but it is.
It’s also a great way for your body to get the healthy boost of Vitamin D you usually lose during the shorter winter days.
I’m sure you’ve heard about how Vitamin D is an essential part of supporting healthy bones and glowing skin…
But it’s especially useful during the holiday season since it provides a boost to your serotonin levels, which can lift your mood. (4)
Not to mention, you’ll get to enjoy plenty of fresh air when you’re taking in the sights and sounds of the winter landscape.
So, be sure to make some time to head outside every day this month and experience how much of a difference it can make in your life.
You might be surprised by how much a quick 5-minute break right after lunch can provide huge benefits to your well-being.
It’s an easy and simple way for you to “recharge” yourself and spend your holiday season feeling great.
And if you’re looking for even more ways to boost your mood this holiday season, the formulas of Thrive Naturals are there to help.
From our Advanced Probiotic Complex, to our Super Brain Renew, we’ve developed elite, scientifically crafted blends capable of supporting your mood, helping you stay happy and full of life when it matters most.
After all, it isn’t called “the most wonderful time of the year” for no reason.
(1) Mejia R. Green exercise may be good for your head. Environ Sci Technol. 2010;44(10):3649-3649. doi:10.1021/es101129n
(2) KLEPEIS N, NELSON W, OTT W et al. The National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS): a resource for assessing exposure to environmental pollutants. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2001;11(3):231-252. doi:10.1038/sj.jea.7500165
(3) Mejia R. Green exercise may be good for your head. Environ Sci Technol. 2010;44(10):3649-3649. doi:10.1021/es101129n
(4) Patrick R, Ames B. Vitamin D and the omega-3 fatty acids control serotonin synthesis and action, part 2: relevance for ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and impulsive behavior. The FASEB Journal. 2015;29(6):2207-2222. doi:10.1096/fj.14-268342