Top Tips For Winter Wellbeing
The hectic Christmas holiday season can have a detrimental impact on your wellbeing and health. The pressure of meeting expectations can pile on the stress and leave you feeling completely run down. To protect your immune system, and to avoid missing out on the festive fun, it’s important to take steps to ensure that you look after yourself.
Most people need to be reminded to drink more in the winter. As it’s cold outside you may not feel as thirsty as you are when the temperature rises. This doesn’t mean that you can get by on skimping on your water intake. Consuming 8 to 10 glasses of water a day (for men) and 6 to 8 glasses (for women) is the recommended quota. If you’re not keen on the taste, add slices of fresh lemon. Drinking green or black tea also counts. The teas help to lower your cholesterol, and are also beneficial to your cortisol levels, which are responsible for balancing your stress hormones.
Moderate Your Indulgences…
Just because you’re wearing extra layers of clothes, and you don’t have to get your body beach ready, it doesn’t mean that you can let loose on those indulgences. Most people expect to put on a few pounds in weight over the festive season. To make sure that you maintain a healthy diet you need to moderate your unhealthy habits. Regular exercise can also help you combat the excesses. Give your body food and drink that help to boost its natural vitality. Looking after your body in this way will greatly reduce the number of colds and ailments that you have throughout the winter.
When it’s cold, motivating yourself to get outside can be hugely challenging. Wrapping up warm and going for a walk is an excellent way to ward off winter chills and blues. When you most feel like hibernating it’s the ideal time to make an effort to go outside. Doing moderate intensity exercise will improve your quality of sleep and make you feel more motivated in the mornings. With limited sunlight, during the winter season, many people also like to take vitamin supplements to top up on Vitamin D.
Enjoy A Lie In
The dark mornings and limited daylight hours of winter can have a negative effect on your mind, body and spirit. Not only do you naturally feel like hibernating, but you also produce more melatonin, which can make you feel overtired and sluggish. To improve the quality of your rest and sleep, set yourself a seasonal routine. Switch off all mobile and electronic devices, and make sure that your bedroom is comfortably cool. Don’t eat or exercise immediately before bedtime, if you want to be able to drift off to sleep in no time at all. Sleep has the power to impact on your overall wellbeing, so it’s essential that you get enough. Enjoying a lazy lie in every once in a while is also recommended.
There is only so much that you can achieve before you start to feel pressured. Instead of having lofty expectations, especially during the busy Christmas period, be more realistic. Don’t make New Year’s resolutions that you know you will struggle to keep. Set the bar at a height that you can comfortably reach. You can always commit to additional goals once you achieve your initial targets. Not taking on too much will also greatly benefit your wellbeing over the winter months.
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