Winter is one of the hardest seasons of the year to stay truly committed to your health and winter wellness.
As winter approaches we tend to want to hibernate and see less and less the world outside. Nevertheless, winter can still be one of the busiest times of the year, with holiday shopping and family gatherings running us ragged.
This time of year has many of us questioning how to stay healthy in the new year ahead? As we attempt to reboot after the holiday period it's important to make time for ourselves and set clear intentions for the new year. The winter months can mean less exposure to the sun, and can lead to “Seasonal affective disorder”. SAD is usually brought on by seasonal weather changes and can be expressed with symptoms such as depression and anxiety.
If you were held hostage by the winter blues or the seasonal flu last year, now might be the perfect time to give yourself a much-needed Winter wellness pick me up and give your health a bit TLC.
12 Ways to Stay Healthy
Protecting our mind and bodies and implementing a health routine should be a priority all year round, but as it’s the season of new year resolution making, why not make it number 1!
There are many ways to stay healthy and we know it’s hard to choose so we’ve picked our top wellbeing tips to help you get started.
Below are twelve winter wellness tips on how to stay healthy this winter.
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Exercise to Release Natural Endorphins
Exercise is vital all year round but especially important throughout the winter months, when activity and physical movement slows down dramatically.
Changes in seasons tend to cause changes in our energy levels, mood, and sleep. Which can lead to a decrease in physical movement and exercise Exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy as it has the ability to increase flow in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in our body by clearing toxins, germs, bacteria and is a key player in our immune defense system.
Try finding an exercise that not only helps clear toxins but helps you dive deeper into mindfulness and clear your mind, like a long walk or jog through the park or a relaxing yoga class.
Setting Intention to Ground the Mind
Our thoughts are directly linked to how we feel. As you may have heard before “What we think, we become” has more truth than we can truly know. Intention setting is the act of fully knowing what we want to create or become. This can be done as a meditative practice or a relaxing journaling session where you write down everything you intend to create in your life.
Try this practice when your feeling anxious or worried. A new year is a great time to get clear on our emotional and physical goals.
Embrace Moments of Rest
Throughout the winter months, it can seem vital to keep up the pace of work and seasonal social life. Especially with end of year deadlines, family gathering and all the holiday shopping that needs to be done. At times it can be so easy to forget to slow down and rest.
Spend Time Outdoors
Throughout winter it’s so important to find time to get outdoors. SAD “Seasonal Affective Disorder” is a major cause in winter depression. Symptoms may include anxiety, exhaustion, and sadness that can make it all seem overwhelming. SAD can be linked to many factors of winter and one major one being that people are spending too much time indoors.
Winter is a beautiful season that can so often be overlooked due to the colder weather. Find time to get outdoors like an early morning walk. The beauty and quietness of winter is something to be truly be treasured.
Epsom Salt Baths
Epsom salt baths are a great winter ritual and have so many incredible benefits. Throughout colder months are bodies are less likely to produce sweat that would naturally aid in releasing toxins from the body.
Epsom salt baths can boost the immune system by helping our body increase white blood cells that fight off infection. Not only are they great for assisting our bodies in staying healthy, but they also help rid the body of toxins that can cause stress and leave us fatigued.
The skin is the largest organ in the body which is why toxin removal is key to a healthy immune system.
As we touched on before it is so important to get our bodies moving especially in the colder, winter months. Not only does yoga help in increasing blood flow throughout the body and aid in getting our lymphatic system moving. Yoga is also well known to reduce stress and lower depression levels.
When choosing a Yoga class, heated classes may be the preferable option throughout winter. Which can give your body a detoxing boost?
CBD is an amazing tool to add to your winter wellness routine. Not only does CBD aid in calming the nervous system and reducing anxiety but can help improve sleep quality. You can read more on about CBD and anxiety here.
Infrared Saunas compare to conventional sauna by using dry heat vs steam which can result in a much more relaxing effect.
As mentioned before, sweating is one of the most vital ways to eliminate toxins in the body. Not only is sweating essential but also can be considered one of the safest ways to detox the body. The infrared saunas works by raising your core temperature from deep within. Try finding a local infrared sauna this season to increase your winter wellness.
There can be so many worries this time of year especially right around the time of new year. It's so important to take time to calm the mind. Meditation is a great internal exercise that can reap so many benefits and has been proven to boost our mood and overall outlook.
While staying hydrated throughout winter months may not seem like your main point of concern, it is extremely important for maintaining your winter wellness routine. Winter can lead to much colder and wetter months, which to your surprise can lead to dehydration. Dehydration can cause a number of problems to the body, affecting things like your skin, mood, and energy levels.
Throughout winter dehydration is much harder to notice and may leave you more vulnerable to illness like the common cold and flu.
Regulated Sleep Schedule
There are so many factors that can cause an irregular sleep schedule, like late night thoughts and anxiety. Sleep is crucial for optimal health. There are proven benefits of having a regular sleep cycle like increased energy and mood levels and can even aid in boosting the immune system.
Try listening to a guided meditation and keeping caffeine levels to a minimum. Mindful movement is another great tool to benefits a full night of rest.
Recognize your Patterns
Although this may seem underrated, knowing your patterns is one of our most important wellbeing tips, what triggers you and effects your mood is critical. When we know the cause of an issue we are much more proactive in treating it.
Our health is extremely important, that includes mentally, physically and spiritually. Take time this winter to dive into the practice of self-care. You can find more on CBD and Seasonal Affective Disorder here.