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It’s the time of year we should be taking care of ourselves more so than ever. And yet, it’s usually the busiest time of year too. That’s why it’s so important to boost our health in any way we can. Here’s a few tips on how to avoid those colds and boost your energy for those long days.
Put Down the Carbs
The days seem longer and darker during the Winter so of course we all reach for the carbs to make ourselves feel better. When we eat carbs, our brain sends a memo to our bodies telling us we’re happy. But it doesn’t last long. Soon enough our energy levels are crashing and we’re reaching for those carbs again. If you want prolonged energy boosts, reach for the fruit and protein instead.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
When we suffer with colds and viruses throughout the Winter, they often come with aches and pains that make daily life even more difficult. Getting a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, like fish or nuts, is a great natural way to fight off those aches and pains. Omega 3 fatty acids have also been proven to have a positive effect on anyone suffering with depression. Depression becomes more common this time of year, when the days are darker and often feel harder to get through.
Steam Room and Sauna
There’s a distinct nip in the air and that means one thing- the heating is on. Whether it’s at home, in the car or in the office, we’re all surrounded by this dry heat day in and day out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s better than being cold but this constant dry heat is no good for our skin. So, to supplement the moisture that this dry heat sucks out of you, try going to a sauna or steam room once a week and putting the moisture back in. It’s also important to drink plenty of water throughout the day so your body is replenished as the day goes on.
Mix Up Your Cooking
We need a varied diet throughout the Winter to make sure our bodies have what they need to fight off bugs. You may not avoid getting ill completely, but you will have the resources you need to get well again quickly. For example, adding a few mushrooms to your homemade curry will give you a natural immunity boost without you having to go to too much extra effort. If you’re short on recipes, you can find a variety of different websites at newsites.uk. An easy way to get the vitamins and nutrients you need in one go is to make breakfast smoothies. Delicious and great for your body!
Don’t Drop Your Exercise
The last thing you want to be doing during the Winter is getting up in the dark mornings to head to the gym before work. Sometimes, that extra hour in bed is needed but it’s important to keep at your workout routine. Exercise will boost your immunity and your energy. Even though you won’t feel like it going in, you’ll certainly feel a boost coming out of the gym. If you don’t feel like going to the gym, why not do some exercises at home or go for a brisk walk after your evening meal?
Always Wash Your Hands
There are never more germs around than this time of year. It’s important to always wash your hands before you eat, after you use the bathroom and when you’ve been in close contact with someone who is unwell. Children are the biggest culprits for bringing home colds and viruses and often it’s unavoidable, but if you visit play centres or parks, it’s a good idea to take some anti-bacterial wipes with you to clean little hands or toys.
We tend to drink more hot drinks around this time of year, just to warm us up. But more of us drink caffeinated teas and coffees more than anything else. The caffeine often doesn’t do us any good, especially this time of year when we’re more tired. Relying on caffeine to boost you throughout the day won’t do your body any good. If you like drinking hot drinks while you’re sat at your work desk, why not switch to herbal instead? Lemon and chamomile not only help to soothe cold symptoms but also relaxes the body.
So many of us find ourselves busier at this time of year, working into the night. This doesn’t allow for much down time and you may find yourself unable to unwind when you climb into bed, resulting in a poor night’s sleep. Make sure you put time aside to relax before jumping into bed. It’s important that your body relaxes after a busy day so your mind knows its time to rest. Develop a sleep routine that involves things that relax you, like a bubble bath, reading a book or watching a movie.
There’s plenty of opportunity to be social at this time of year, but with so much to do, it becomes tempting to keep your head down and work. It’s easy to become depressed and lonely when you aren’t social. Just getting out with friends once a week is enough to remember you aren’t on your own and you do have support. You may even find that people are feeling the same emotions that you are this time of year.
Plan a Holiday
Holidays aren’t just for Summer. It’s important to take some well-deserved down time in the Winter too. It doesn’t mean you have to travel anywhere or make big plans. A week to just spend time with family and stay in your PJ’s is fantastic for your mental health and wellbeing. On the other hand, if you’re able to, why not travel to a warmer climate and get the sun your body has been craving? You’ll come back a different person if you do.
Taking care of yourself is important all year round.