Anyone else find it challenging to head back to work today after the holidays? Walking down the street this morning, I noticed people clinging to their coffee cups just a little tighter than normal.

While we lament the wait until the next statutory holiday, here are my top 5 ways to boost your energy in the midst of the cold, snowy weather

1. Get a good night sleep

‘Tis the time of year for hibernating for animals – get on that train too! If you have enjoyed a holiday full of late night and parties, now is the time to get back on a normal sleep routine. Studies have shown the best quality sleep happens between 10pm and midnight, so start to wind down around 9pm, institute a “no screen time” rule after 9:30 and cozy into your warm bed at 10pm. Need a little help quieting your brain? A bit of melatonin and magnesium glycinate might do the trick!

2. Exercise in the morning

Yes, I know its dark in the morning and hard to get out of bed, but morning exercise will give you that extra boost for the ahead day AND help you to sleep better at night (see #1!). The first few mornings might be a bit challenging, but once you get a routine in, it’ll be worth it. And you’ll be able to tell everyone about the beautiful sunrises that they missed out on!

3. Give your Adrenals a hug

Your adrenal glands are little glands that do a lot of work! Sitting on top of your kidneys, they release a variety of hormones, including your stress-handling hormone called Cortisol. Adrenal supportive supplements and herbs (such as Ashwaganda, Rhodiola and Withania) can help boost your energy, focus, and mood.

4. Vitamin D

We all know that living in Canada in the wintertime doesn’t exactly fill our daily quote for Vitamin D. Taking this fat-soluable vitamin throughout the winter helps improve mood and immune function. Its also important in maintaining proper levels of calcium and phosphorus in our blood, which makes it play an important role in bone health.

5. Get down to the roots!

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Winter is a very Yin time of year and is dominated by the Water element. Yin energy is a cooling energy, which is why its important to move away from raw foods and embrace rich, warming foods in your diet, such as:

  • root vegetables (squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, turnip, etc)
  • soups and stews
  • beans
  • garlic, onions, ginger

Acupuncture is a wonderful treat at this time of the year to balance energy and warm your body!

A visit with Dr. Robyn is a great way to launch into 2016 with health and wellness. To book an appointment with Dr. Robyn at her Commercial Drive clinic, click here.