February is just beginning, and you may find yourself feeling a little glum. During the winter months, shorter days, less to do, and the bleak atmosphere can make people feel rather blue. But there are ways to combat this type of seasonal sadness. One simple way is to eat right. Here are some healthy foods that can help boost your mood this winter.
Bananas are a great food for a number of reasons. Bananas area a great source of magnesium. Magnesium is thought to help reduce anxiety and help you sleep better, which can greatly help your mood. Bananas also have tryptophan, the same thing in turkey that makes you feel tired. Tryptophan, although it may not actually make you sleepy, can help make you feel calm.
Berries have a number of benefits, but one great one is that they may help you combat stress. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are thought to combat the release of cortisol, the stress hormone. Stress can become more pronounced when you’re feeling down and that can make you feel worse, so snacking on some berries may just help you handle this.
If you have a sweet tooth, it may be a good idea to cut back on the sugar intake if you’re feeling a bit down this winter. Sugar may help you feel great for a brief time, but the crash can make you feel worse. Too much sugar may even change the way your brain works, slowing it down. So, cutting back on sugar may help even out your mood during the winter months. But if you’re looking for a snack, dark chocolate may help you feel better. Dark chocolate has a high number of antioxidants that may help boost your mood. And of course, chocolate has always been a great pick me up.
During the winter months, we don’t get as much sunshine, so it’s a good idea to focus on foods that contain vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that comes naturally from sunlight, but can also be found in food, including milk, egg yolks, and fish. Of course, even ten minutes of sunlight may help improve your mood, so consider trying to get outside if you can.
If you’re looking for a way to help your staff feel better during the winter months, you may want to consider making sure healthy foods that can help boost their moods are available in the workplace. Bevco can help you find healthy solutions with your vending machines and micromarkets. So, contact us today to discuss what we can do for you!