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Winter can be a tough time for some people, less sun, less physical activity and the flu season mean you’re facing many more obstacles and stresses than you would in the warmer months.

Vitamin D Deficiency
In particular, lack of exposure to sunlight can lead to a deficiency of Vitamin D. The UV-B rays from the sun are a major source of Vitamin D, and during winter months, not only are UV levels lower, but we also spend less time outside, and with less skin exposed. Lack of Vitamin D has been linked to a range of health issues, in particular to an increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety.

In winter, you may need up to three hours of sunlight to the face, arms and hands per week to maintain an adequate level of Vitamin D. This equates to only about 25 minutes of time in the sun each day. If this is hard to achieve, then supplements are an option. You should focus on Vitamin D3, and aim for about 600 IU each day.

Less Physical Exercise
It’s well understood that when it’s freezing cold and raining, your motivation to go outside, or even to just move around as much can drop off. Aside from the health implications, missing out on even light physical exercise means missing out on a boost in endorphins which can improve your mood and sharpen your mind all day.

In winter, try and substitute exercise you may have done outside, for things you can do indoors or at a Gym. Alternatively, take advantage of the sun at lunch, wear some warmer clothes and get outside at lunchtime. It’ll also help you avoid an afternoon slump.

Of course, another way to feel good is to book our angels for a bit of Oxytocin. Massage improves mood, decreases stress levels and leaves you with a sense of calm wellbeing. If you want to feel better this winter: