The paradox of winter is truly amazing with its blend of magical and miserable elements. Love it or hate it, the season is here to stay with us for a little while longer, accompanied by its not-so-magical baggage.
Cold and flu season, plummeting temperatures, seasonal affective disorder and horrible driving conditions to name a few. These winter realities can send us from our holiday high to a downward spiral into a dark and dreary couple of months.
If winter gets you down, here are some tips on how to enjoy the season and make the most of the days ahead by taking care of your mind, body and soul.
For the Mind
- Reading a Book (or Listening to an Audio Book) for as little as 20 minutes a day can transport you to another place while boosting brain power.
- Managing Your Time will allow you to dedicate time to yourself and loved ones, keeping you from being swallowed up by work and daily tasks.
- Staying Social even though it’s cold out (and you’d rather hit the couch) will keep you engaged with your networks of friends and family and will lighten your mood.
- Tidying Up your work and living spaces makes for a fresh environment and will help you stay focused and feel less overwhelmed.
For the Body
- Getting a Massage can boost your immune system, increase circulation and decrease fatigue helping you cope with those winter blahs.
- Taking Supplements like vitamins D and C, zinc, calcium and elderberry can keep you feeling great all winter. Talk to a health expert about recommended dosages.
- Washing Your Hands often is the best way to avoid infection and prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria during cold and flu season.
- Sleeping More will help your brain and body cope with fewer daylight hours. In the winter we experience more fatigue and therefore need more rest.
- Staying Active is especially important during the winter because it keeps our blood flowing and immune system heightened, while lifting our spirits and avoiding winter weight gain.
For the Soul
- Embracing the Season and changing your winter mindset will allow you to be a more positive and grateful person.
- Having Alone Time be it by running yourself a hot bath or cozying up by the fire with a tea are some of the absolute best things to do when it’s cold outside.
- Taking Winter Walks gives us the chance to appreciate the beauty, freshness and quiet of winter. Bundle up and get moving outdoors and you’ll feel warm in no time.
- Meditating is something we should practice all year round. It’s a great way to soothe your soul even during the winter chill.
Our greatest success will come from combining all these wellness techniques to take the best possible care of our overall health all winter long.