Winter is fast approaching and that means shorter days and colder weather that can lead to some bad habits that can affect both your short and long-term health.
While your health is always important, the winter can be a difficult time, especially for those of us living in colder climates with lack of daylight and sunlight proving to be particularly detrimental to our health and general well being.
So, with that in mind, we’ve come up with 10 different ways to help you stay healthy and avoid those winter blues!
1. Stay Active - It’s just Weather!
Exercising during the winter months is not necessarily the most desirable of tasks - it’s too cold, it’s dark already and that new series on Netflix is just so damn good and while these might feel like genuinely good reasons to sit on the couch tonight, they are in fact, just excuses.
No matter the time of year, our body needs to move, but especially in winter as exercise helps to boost the immune system thus helping to protect us from all those nasty winter bugs.
Stay active, get outside, enjoy our nature, don’t be afraid of it. If you live in a part of the country that seems to spend months covered in snow, embrace it - go sledding with the kids, build a snowman!
Remember, there is no such thing as good or bad weather- it’s just weather. Wrap up warm and enjoy the clean and fresh air.
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2. Get Plenty of Vitamin C
Getting enough Vitamin C is vital in helping us to strengthen our immune systems, which, as we mentioned already, is essential in maintaining winter wellness and keeping us healthy during the long, cold months.
The best source of vitamin C are fruits and vegetables including berries, citrus, kiwi, bell peppers, and dark green vegetables like zucchinis.
3. Try a Supplement
If you live in a particularly dark or cold part of the country, you might find that you aren’t getting enough essential Vitamin D as it is obtained primarily via direct sunlight.
One alternative to consider is vitamin supplements including Vitamin D3 and Zinc.
This particular nutrient contributes to bone strength, aids in the absorption of calcium and also helps to enhance mood.
While there is some confusion regarding the “3” in the vitamin D3, it simply indicates that the Vitamin D is from a natural source as opposed to its synthetic counterpart, otherwise known as vitamin D2.
Another supplement to consider is Zinc. Zinc helps to support proper immune function, eye health as well as the regulation of appetite, smell, and taste.
Zinc is also crucial in our bodies production of the superoxide dismutase (SOD), which plays an essential role in protecting our bodies from free radical damage.
This nutrient is especially beneficial for men as it helps to support healthy prostate tissue, sperm mobility, and testosterone production.
4 ) Use Herbs and Spices/Try my Winter Soup!
Another way to boost your immune system during the winter season is to cook with plenty of spices and herbs. Onion, garlic, ginger, black peppercorn, cayenne pepper, allspice, curry, and turmeric all contain components that help to boost our immune system.
Luckily, we have a recipe that includes ALL of these ingredients and is perfect for maintaining winter wellness.
This pumpkin soup is one of my absolute favorites but I do make a little adjustment to the recipe listed.
Simply fry your ginger, onion, and garlic before adding all your spices to create a beautiful paste that you simply add to your boiling vegetables.
Gently simmer for 2 hours before blending.
Truly, a winter treat!
5) Spend Time with Happy People
Ok, this one isn’t always necessarily in our control but spending time with happy people will boost your own sense of wellbeing and happiness.
A study by the University of California in San Diego in 2012, revealed that individuals who associated themselves with happy people were more likely to be happy themselves.
Another study by psychological scientists Gerald Haeffel, Ph.D., and Jennifer Hames of the University of Notre Dame indicated that risk factors for depression can actually be contagious.
Avoid negativity and focus instead on the good things in life, and the good people in our lives.
6) Try CBD Hemp Oil!
One of the most commonly suffered conditions in winter is SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and research has indicated that CBD could offer great potential as a treatment for both depression and anxiety.
A 2015 analysis suggested that CBD is showing great promise as a treatment for numerous forms of anxiety. Anxiety is known to be one of the primary symptoms of SAD.
With CBD hemp oil now known for its powerful impact on the ECS, it can also help to maintain better sleeping patterns, another of the main symptoms of SAD, according to research published in 2017.
The study indicated that CBD hemp oil also helps to aid REM sleep with the research suggesting that CBD can aid “excessive daytime sleepiness.”
S.A.D is known to affect sleeping schedules and energy levels but it would now appear that CBD could potentially offer an alternative treatment for the many who suffer from this condition.
If you want more information on SAD, check out our guide “Seasonal Affective Disorder - Can CBD help?”.
7. Avoid Antibiotics (if possible)
If possible, try to avoid antibiotics. Studies have shown them to attack beneficial bacteria in our digestive systems as well as suppressing immune functions.
So, unless it is absolutely necessary, try to find a more natural remedy.
If you have a cold, a cup of hot water with lemon, ginger and organic honey will help to get rid of those winter sniffles or why not try my invigorating CBD and turmeric drink.
You can also try echinacea (my mum swears by it) or zinc, which are great for fighting cold and flu symptoms.
8. Start a Project
With lots of time at home during those cold nights, Winter is a really great time to start a new project.
It might be something simple like decluttering the loft or going through all your important papers but these kinds of tasks can promote a strong sense of wellbeing and order. Remember the old saying - clean home, clear mind.
Projects, like organizing bookshelves and cleaning out the garage, are perfect for the drearier months of the year.
Or maybe think bigger? Why not write that novel you’ve been thinking about for the last 10 years or learn a new instrument. You’re never too old to learn a new skill or follow your passion so don’t delay and make the best of those cold, grey winter’s days.
9. Get as Much Sun as Possible
I already mentioned it earlier, but getting outdoors and grabbing all the sunshine you can get is vital if we are to stay happy and healthy during the long winter months.
The sun is normally at its brightest around midday so even if you only have 10 minutes, get outside and enjoy it while you can.
Sun is so important to our winter wellness as it is such a valuable source of vitamin D.
Life can seem overwhelming at times but a quiet walk on a crisp winter morning can provide a welcome relief from the stress as well as providing you that much-needed exercise.
10. Disconnect, Reconnect and Relax
So much of our lives now seem to be spent in front of screens and not in front of our loved ones.
Recently conducted studies suggest that our addiction to these technologies is causing untold damage to our health, both physical and mental.
Switch off those devices for a few hours, spend time with your family, play a board game or just sit and talk. Reconnect with your passions. Life can be so beautiful and enriching when we actually remember what matters most to us and the people we love.
Take time to share and to listen to those who matter and make time for you!