As the year comes to an end, the days get shorter and darker, and we all become busier than ever – racing to get everything done so we can enjoy a few indulgent days off. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful and we often forget to take care of ourselves. I try to look after myself with sun, C and supplements.
Try to get outside into the daylight if you can. You probably won’t see much sun, but soak up as much vitamin D as you can to help boost your mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder can cause many to suffer at what’s already a stressful time of year, so try to get outdoors while the sun makes a brief appearance. Getting out for a walk in a park is particularly good, as the exercise gets your happy hormones going and being in nature is great for your mental health.
Citrus is all around this season and all that vitamin C is just what you need to give your immune system a boost and fight off cold and flu. Snack on clementines, squeeze lemon juice over your greens and drink hot water and lemon to give yourself a zesty boost.
Supplements are always important and even more so at this time of year. Vitamin B12 is particularly important for vegans as we don’t really get enough from our food. Vitamin D is another to take to top up the levels we lose from lack of sunlight. Vegavero sent me some vitamin sprays to try out and they’ve changed the game for my lazy habits. I usually climb into bed at night, remember I forgot to take my vitamins, then decide not to bother because it would involve getting up for some water and they need to be taken with food anyway. Not any more! These sprays absorb quicker and easier than tablets, and you don’t need to take them with water or food. I keep them by my bedside and can lazily spritz my vits while lying down. They also taste nice, so no need to worry about any nasty medicine style aftertaste. Other tasty ways to up your B12 are nutritional yeast and Marmite or yeast extract.
So eat, drink, be merry and well this season, and remember to look after your body because it’s the only place you have to live.