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Do you have any healthy habits? I have one that helps me with my mental health. Especially over our really long, cold winter.
Anyone who lives in one of the northern ‘cold weather’ states can probably attest to just how long and brutal this last winter was. It’s now May and we still are seeing more cold days than warm.
I’ve always considered myself a pretty happy, upbeat person. I usually can see the glass half full and am generally a positive thinking person. However, over the winter I found myself withdrawing from my normal activities. I just didn’t feel like getting out and even less like being social.
I pulled back from participating in our Homeschool group and we stayed in the house more than we ventured out. I can’t say that I was truly depressed, but I was just blah. Do you have those blah days?
When the weather finally started getting a little nicer and winter looked to be over soon, I started perking up a bit. These warmer days, where the sun is shining down, are glorious. I take my computer and work outside so I can soak up as much sun as I can. I really feel like I am being powered by the sun. I get so much accomplished and just feel better overall. I know how much vitamin D can affect moods but I just did not realize how much until I was depleted.
A few years ago I was seeing an endocrine doctor for weight issues. I have always had trouble losing weight and if I did lose any, I had trouble keeping it off. Am I describing you here? I think a lot of us face these same issues.
Well I finally went to see my regular doctor and she said I was low on vitamin D. Really low. Vitamin D can play a role in weight loss. Who knew?! So not only can I attribute some weight loss issues to low Vitamin D but also my blah mood!
My doctor prescribed a high dose of Vitamin D and it replenished my stores. After several months, I was able to go down to an over the counter dose. Part of my Healthy Habits is making sure I take my daily dose of Vitamin D. I get all of my vitamins right from Walgreens. They always have great products for Women’s Health.
I seem to only put my health first when it’s absolutely necessary. We’re moms and we have our families to take care of. Which means that sometimes our own health gets a lower priority. We have to remember to take care of ourselves so we can continue to take care of them.
Thankfully, the sun is back out and is here to stay for at least the next few months or so. While I can still get my vitamin D from the sun, I still have to take my daily dose. I’m fair skinned and can not, nor should not go out in the sun for extended periods of time without being lathered up in sunscreen.
Taking my daily dose of vitamin D is one of my healthy habits. What are some of yours?