Don’t let the Winter blues get you down. Yes, it’s cold out and the daylight hours are shorter and it seems as though every second person you talk to is jetting off to a tropical location…..but that’s no reason to hibernate!! There's always a silver lining and it begins with YOU.
6 Winter Wellness tips
1. Run, don't walk
The winter months can be the hardest time of year to stay motivated, but once you commit to regular exercise as part of your daily routine – you’ll be amazed at how good you’ll begin to feel.
Make the time for yourself – whether it’s at the beginning, or end of day - or just by getting out of the office at lunch for a powerwalk around the block. Have your exercise clothes ready, so you’re less likely to make excuses.
Do you drive to work? Park your car further away so you’re getting some incidental exercise, every step counts!
2. Go home, stay home
Don’t feel like hitting the gym, or the pavement? Stay at home roll out a mat and STRETCH. Need some inspiration? There is an abundance of at-home exercises available for you to follow on the internet; Yoga, Tai chi, line dancing?! There are also many APPS that you can download to help keep you motivated with routines and advice.
Grab a skipping rope, or just pop on your favourite music and DANCE. Whatever makes you feel good, raises your heart rate and keeps you moving.
3. Stay hydrated!
Let's be honest, that first hot coffee can bring real comfort on a cold morning and so it makes sense that our coffee intake increases during Winter. Just remember that you also need to be drinking plenty of water.
The human brain is composed of about 75% water, so water intake is vital to our body in terms of composition and mental focus.
- Don’t like drinking water? Try adding natural flavours like fresh fruit or herbs.
- Add water-rich foods to your diet - like watermelon, cucumber and strawberries.
- Carry your own reusable bottle with you to save money and the environment.
Aim for at least 2 litres of water throughout the day. Drink it before you’re thirsty, as that is a sign that your body is already dehydrated.
4. Netflix and chill?
How about reading and relax?! Studies have shown that too much screen time can have a negative effect - especially before bed, as the light emitted from screens interferes with the sleep cycle in the brain, which can lead to insomnia. So turn off the T.V, switch your phone to silent and cosy up with a good book.
Break out the cards or boardgames. (Hello MONOPOLY!) Get your family or friends together for a game – it’s a great opportunity to interact, learn, have fun and a laugh. How about Charades? or do you prefer something more creative? Try your hand at drawing or painting – you are only limited by your imagination, so the possibilities are endless.
5. Heard of a Spring clean?
Try having a Winter weed out! We all have clothes and shoes that have been languishing in our closets and drawers - It’s time to let go!
A tidy house equals a tidy mind. Donate items to charity or make some money by having a garage sale or selling them online.
It's also a good time to have a “stock take” of what's in your cupboards. Check the use by dates on all your food, including spices and herbs. Create a meal plan around what you already have and try and shop seasonally to save money.
Buy bulk, cook and freeze to make it easier to heat up a nutritious meal when you get home after a long day and the last thing you want to do is break out the pots and pans.
6. Have an Attitude of Gratitude
Nothing is more precious than giving your time to someone. The feel good factor goes both ways. It could be as simple as inviting a friend around for a cup of tea, bringing flowers/succulent cuttings from your garden for a neighbour or colleague. Picking up the phone and calling that friend or family member that has been on your mind.
It’s the little things.
Showing appreciation in all your interactions, a Smile and Thank-you goes a long way. Showing you care doesn’t need to cost a thing and you might just make someone’s day.
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The Dental 4U Team