Winter Well-being Tips

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As we move deeper into autumn and closer to the winter months, it’s important to be mindful of how to look after our physical and mental well-being. This is particularly the case as we enter the second wave of the coronavirus and are forced to be indoors more than before. If you’re striving to stay healthy and positive during this time, the following tips may help.

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Keep Moving

Exercise is crucial for physical and mental wellbeing. Regular activity increases energy flow, delivers oxygen to your brain and tissues, and helps regulate moods. But to stay as healthy as possible, it’s important to engage in multiple kinds of exercise. Rather than doing high-intensity exercise all the time, try to vary your routine and incorporate other disciplines such as stretching, yoga or Tai Chi, especially as these movements also help release stress and tension.

If exercise isn’t your thing, a fitness tracker with blood pressure monitor could make this more enticing as it allows you to track your steps and monitor functions such as your heart rate. The key thing is to keep moving, even if it’s a short walk to the shops or down to your local park.

Eat Well

We all know that we should eat better but this is especially important in the winter months when flu season sets in. Try to incorporate as many vitamins and immune-boosting foods as possible, such as organic fruits and vegetables. Keep your body warm by drinking herbal teas and eating nurturing foods like soups. Avoid too many sugary foods or caffeinated beverages and keep alcohol to a minimum. It’s also advisable to take a Vitamin D supplement in winter, as many people are often deficient with less exposure to the sun.

Take Time for Relaxation

While it may seem as if we have endless time for relaxation, particularly if you’re facing another lockdown, many people can still end up filling their time with tasks and work. Try where possible to set dedicated time each day to relax and shut off the brain. Whether it’s listening to relaxing music, taking a hot bath, meditating, or sitting down to a movie, allowing yourself time to relax and not attend to chores or work-related matters will go a long way to helping your physical and mental well-being.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Many people who have been forced to work from home have been doing more hours than they did when they went into the office. This extended workday can be harming your health, so it’s important to block off time and ensure that you’re getting enough rest — this includes sleep. While we are all aware of its importance, sleep is essential for survival as it is during this time that our body repairs essential functions. If you’re operating on less than optimal sleep, you can put yourself at risk for illnesses such as increased heart attacks, as well as psychological issues such as anxiety and depression. A good 7 to 8 hours per night is recommended for optimum function.

Have Fun

Something that can be easily overlooked is having fun. Taking time out for hobbies, socializing with friends online, or doing something you enjoy is important for both your physical and mental health. Staying positive and looking on the bright side can go a long way to maintaining and boosting our well-being. Life doesn’t have to end just because we’re forced indoors.

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