Demands at time of year make it easy to think less and less about our own health – be it mental, physical or emotional health. No matter what the holiday schedule looks like, it’s vital that we dedicate time towards our own health so we can better take care of those around us. As winter approaches, here are some Wellness 101 tips for staying healthy in mind, body and spirit.
1. Be good to your body
Fruits and vegetables are good for you year-round, but they help especially during colder months. In contrast to butter and sugar-filled holiday cookies, now is a great time to seek extra antioxidant-rich foods such as blueberries, broccoli, and other nutrient-packed veggies helpful in fighting off everything from the common cold to heart disease.
2. Remember to rest
In days of dwindling sunshine and freefalling temperatures, sleep can be essential to maintaining personal happiness and health. Getting 7-8 hours minimum can help offset seasonal mood imbalances, keep junk food cravings at bay, and can restore the body’s natural metabolism, possibly aiding in burning off calories.
3. Make time for quiet time
On one hand, shorter days and longer nights mean less activity in our lives. On the other hand, winter’s peaceful stillness can be the perfect backdrop for quiet time spent alone in our thoughts. Also, studies have shown that people who meditate on a regular basis live longer, sleep better and are less depressed than non-meditators!
4. Keep the body moving
Temperatures may stop us from regular outdoors workouts, and snow and ice may even prevent us from getting to the gym. So you’ve got to be creative, and find ways to keep the body moving even when you’re stuck indoors. Luckily, practices like yoga don’t require too much space, and can be done in the comfort of your living room.
5. Support your system
When the clock is ticking and you can’t find the time to get all the nutrition you need, invest in some vitamins from your local pharmacy or food store. These will help keep you healthy by filling in what you might be missing, and supplements like Vitamin D can offset the lack of natural elements like sunshine in colder times.
6. Connect with others
As the countdown to the holidays grows smaller, becoming involved in simple traditions and large gatherings of people can help you feel connected, social and together. While too much of anything (especially partying) can be a bad thing, many small moments spent together with loved ones can make the difference between a cold world and a warm life.