Next week sees the third Monday in January, officially known as Blue Monday. Although there is no scientific evidence to suggest that this is a worse day of the year for mental health than any other, it has become a standard which by to look at the broader picture of winter wellbeing.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with 5 self-care practices for you to incorporate into your daily routine, that may help to combat the winter blues!
Get plenty of rest
Good quality sleep is essential for your overall health and wellbeing. If you’re not getting enough sleep, or if your sleep quality is poor, this may affect your immune system. Studies show that most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Taking the necessary steps to create the right environment to promote quality sleep, may help you sleep more soundly.
Tip: To ensure you get a good night’s rest and to develop a consistent sleep routine, go to bed at the same time each night.
Boost your Vitamin C
The colder months are often when our immune system takes a hit. This winter increase your odds of staying strong, healthy and fit by adding some extra Vitamin C into your diet. This will help you fend off those nasty coughs, colds and flu like symptoms.
Tip: Drinking honey and lemon in the mornings helps to kick start your immune system, making you feel energised for the day ahead.
Yes, we know it can be hard to find the motivation to go outside when it’s bitterly cold, gloomy and dull, but just taking a few minutes to breathe in fresh air and observe the nature around you is good for your mental and physical health.
Tip: Going for a walk can help you boost your immune system, increase your energy and improve your metabolism.
Getting yourself moving during the winter months can be difficult. But its even more important to get up and get moving even if you don’t feel like it. This is because your body needs the boost that exercise gives you to strengthen your immune system, reducing the risk of developing coughs and colds. Exercise also releases dopamine, a feel-good chemical which can help you fend off those winter blues.
Tip: Hot Yoga is a great way to keep warm, feel good and stay fit.
With the cold winter weather comes shorter days, coughs, colds and for some of us, weight gain. Stay on top of your diet and keep well nourished this winter by incorporating healthy comforting and warming foods.
Tip: Carrots, beetroot, berries and pomegranates are all great sources of immune boosting antioxidants.