Boost your energy this holiday season
Now that it’s the holiday season again, you may be worrying about planning holiday dinners, mailing greeting cards, and buying the perfect presents—all while struggling to keep up with your normal busy routine. Complicating matters more is the fact that this extra activity is happening at the time of year when the days are shorter and your energy levels are lower. So what’s a person to do?
Indulge in a healthy dose of sunshine. Scientific evidence shows that sunlight triggers the production of seratonin, a hormone that elevates mood and increases energy. When sunlight strikes the optic nerve in your eyes, it signals the pineal gland in your brain to produce seratonin. The more sunlight you’re exposed to, the more seratonin your brain produces. The result is that you feel happier and more energetic, a good combination for keeping up with a hectic holiday schedule.
Sunlight also helps you stay well-rested. While it triggers seratonin production during the day, the absence of light at night promotes the creation of melatonin, the hormone that controls sleep. The sun keeps these two hormones regulated, providing you with a healthy balance between your uptime and your downtime.
So how can you ensure you get an adequate dose of sunlight every day? Here are a few ideas:
- Sit outside or go for a walk during your lunch break
- If it’s too cold to go outside, sit near a window or underneath a skylight
- Install a tubular daylighting device (TDD) in your home.
If you’ve never heard of a TDD, you may be surprised to know that the device has been around for a quarter century. It features a rooftop dome that captures sunlight and transfers it through reflective tubing to a diffuser where it is dispersed throughout a room. This makes it possible to get daylight all day long, even though winter weather and a busy schedule may keep you indoors.
Regardless of how you get your sunlight, you’ll be happier and more productive this busy holiday season if you can soak up some rays every day.
What holiday activities could you use extra energy for?
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