Winter for many people is dark, cold, often wet and icy.
Coming down with a cold or the flu is a commonplace and depression often happens in this season
Energy can be in short supply too.
So,staying motivated to do anything other than sitting by the fire under a warm blanket can be a task in and of itself.
With all of this in mind, we have put together a list of simple things to do which are often overlooked that can help to banish Winter malaise, boost immunity and increase one’s overall mental/physical health and vitality during these 3-4 months.
- Stay Hydrated – Dehydration is not something that people commonly associate with Winter. But, dry winter weather can cause the body to lose fluid and wreak havoc on skin and kidneys. To combat this, make sure that you drink lots of fluids, not soda, beer and alcohol. Plus, Coffee does not count, it will dehydrate you. Instead of reaching for the coffee, consider drinking hot milk, water or an herb tea instead. You should be consuming anywhere from 6 to 10 cups of liquid, preferably hot daily.
- Stay Active, Get Outside – It can be difficult to maintain your workout routine during the Winter months. But, getting outdoors in the natural sunlight as much as possible is a must. Take your family to the ice-skating rink or go skiing or snowboarding. You need to be doing something that will induce positive stress on your body. This will help keep up your energy levels and will help to stave off feelings of distress that are commonly associated with the Winter months. And, the vitamin D you absorb from the Sunlight will boost your immune system, reduce depression and help raise your energy level.
- Relax, Do Not Stress and Socialize – Keeping your immune system as strong as possible is vital during the Winter. Stress can destroy the immune system. If possible, make it a priority to refrain from overworking or overextending yourself. Spend as much time as you can with friends and family. Relax and socialize with those who are dear to you over a nice warm cup of l-theanine rich Green tea. Socializing with loved ones has been shown to help boost the human immune system and increase positive emotional states. Take time out of the day and meditate.
- Maintain a Healthy Diet – It can be difficult to maintain healthy eating habits while being surrounded by the comfort foods and free-flowing alcohol that come with the holiday season. This year, try to incorporate phytochemical plants into your holiday recipes. These plants are nutrient-rich plants that are naturally infused with vitamins that assist in balancing immune system health and the health of your gut’s internal environment. Phytochemical plants include dark green vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli, as well as yellow, orange and red colored fruits and vegetables that can help to load up your system with the Vitamin C, E, and beta-carotene that it needs for peak vitality. Eat Real Food!
- Get Good Sleep – In this modern world, there are not enough hours in the day to achieve everything that we would like to achieve. Many of us try to get around this painful truth by cutting the number of hours that we sleep each night. While this may work for some, getting less sleep over a prolonged period of time does have its consequences for most people. Lack of sleep can exert negative effects on blood pressure, cardiovascular health, mental health, and hormone regulation. Getting through the Winter is hard enough without these problems, do yourself a favor and get some sleep. Your mind and body will thank you for it. You will be more productive in work and school too. Shoot for 7 to 9 hours of sleep nightly
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively
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