As we enter the colder months of the year and prepare for a busy festive season it can be hard to keep on top of our health and wellness. Following a few simple steps can help to keep your energy levels up and the bugs at bay.
- Set aside 1 day a week to check in with yourself – use this day to check in with how you’re feeling, physically and mentally. During this time you can reset any bad habits that have crept in during the week; e.g. late nights, not enough fruit & veg, skipping meals. This day should feel luxurious with plenty of comforting activities like a long lie in under the duvet, warm baths, candles, gentle Yin yoga and nourishing, warming meals.
- Eat with the seasons – where possible opt for seasonal foods and try to eat your meals warm (a thermos is a winter lifesaver!).
- Exercise mindfully – listen carefully to what your body needs. During this time of year you may feel like a hot energetic yoga class to get the prana flowing, or perhaps your body needs a more restorative yin class to honour the introspective nature of the season – in any case, never practice when you are feeling unwell (sweating out your cold is a myth! Not to mention unpleasant for those around you).
- Practice good hygiene – although not a foolproof option to staying healthy during the winter, regular hand-washing can help to stem the transmission of germs.
- Hydration, hydration! – there isn’t a season where this isn’t of the utmost importance but keeping well hydrated in the winter is especially important as we can tend to forget how much water we need during the colder months without the reminder of a baking hot sun above us. Hydration can help to maintain healthy body functions as well as prevent dehydration that can occur with some cold and flu symptoms.
While there is no hard and fast way to stay healthy over the winter months if you can stay mindful about these simple practices you are giving yourself the best chance at a relaxing, peaceful and healthy season.