Winter can be tough on our physical, mental, and emotional health which is why it’s important that you take care of yourself to ensure good winter wellness. Depending on where you live, the change of season can bring cooler temperatures and fewer daylight hours, which can have a negative impact on your overall health. It can also affect your mental health, leaving you feeling depressed and in a constant low mood, with no interest in your usual everyday activities. This is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and it affects many people throughout the winter months.
When your mental health isn’t at its best, you become more susceptible to stress and this can affect your physical health, causing different illnesses. To make sure your overall health is the best it can be, follow these five tips for winter wellness.
Go outside often
When it’s cold and frosty outside, it can be offputting and make you want to stay indoors all warm and cozy, but being cooped up inside all day long for days on end can be bad for your health. Going outside can lift your mood and improve your memory. Going for a winter walk when it’s bright and sunny can help you get a dose of vitamin D which can help reduce inflammation and boost your immune function.
Keep working out
Winter can make you lose motivation for things like eating healthily, going outside often, or working out regularly. If you exercise outdoors you may be put off by the weather but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good workout elsewhere. You can go to the gym to keep up your exercise routine or you can find some useful resources online on ways to exercise at home. Not only is exercise good for your physical health but it can improve your mental health too.
Rid your body of toxins
Keeping your body healthy all the time can be hard work but you can go on a detox to help rid your body of any toxins. You could try to limit your alcohol intake, as well as cutting down on sugar and processed foods, instead opting for healthier options like fruit and vegetables. You could also consider mobile iv therapy to help rid your body of toxins and boost immunity.
Create a regular sleep routine
Your body will want to sleep longer when the days are shorter. Making sure you get enough sleep will help your body feel more alert and less sluggish during the day. Try to create a regular sleep routine by going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning. Wind down during the evening to relax your body and try to not watch TV or go on your phone an hour before bed.
Keep winter allergies at bay
People tend to forget about winter allergies but they can be rife at this time of year. Things such as pets, mold, and dust mites can cause watery eyes, sneezing, and runny noses. Turning up the thermostat during winter can dry the air in your home, making allergies worse. A humidifier can help reduce dryness and vacuuming your home regularly can help keep your allergies at bay.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.