5 Wonderful Ways to Keep on Top of Your Winter Wellness

How to fit 30 minutes of exercise in to a busy day

Pandemic rules are likely playing havoc with keeping yourself mindful, positive and centred, especially over the Christmas and winter period. Whatever your plans are, it’s important to keep putting your wellbeing first. So, we’ve got some easy ways you can keep on top of your wellness during winter…

#1 – Go outside as often as you can

It’s all too tempting, especially with everything going on, to stay cooped up indoors over winter. Most people want to avoid the cold weather as much as possible during these months, and if you’re also working from home, you may end up going a few days without stepping foot outside.  

By staying inside for days at a time, surrounded by artificial warmth and whoever else is living with you, you’ll be putting yourself at more risk of getting sick during winter. So it’s important to get outside when the opportunity arises. As soon as it’s a clear day, with a blue sky and no sign of rain, dress warmly and step out for a walk. Going out in the fresh air when you can will leave you feeling much better in the long run, even if it’s a bit chilly out!

#2 – Keep up your workouts

If you’ve managed to get some regular exercise over the course of this year, give yourself a massive pat on the back. At the same time, don’t begrudge yourself if things haven’t gone as well as planned. 

With the tiered rules and two national lockdowns this year, we know how harder it’s been to stay motivated, especially when it’s cold outside and the days are already shorter. To make things easier, pick a gym that’s closer to home or your office, if you’ve gone back to it. Search for local fitness or yoga classes that have started back up, and buy something appropriate to wear and schedule in workouts as you would an appointment. 

There are plenty of apps you can also use to schedule in workouts and track your progress, which can all help to keep you motivated. You could also make use of blue skies, dress up warm and go for a winter day run. 

#3 – Stick to eating winter fruits and veggies

Eating the right foods in winter is hugely important, because your immune system can often be more vulnerable. This doesn’t mean opting for boring foods that are likely to be vitamin deficient. Instead, stick to keeping carbohydrate-laden foods like pasta to a minimum and fill your plate with dark leafy greens, and citrus fruits instead. 

These winter fruits and veggies thrive in the chill of winter, and they’re also chock full of nutrients, antioxidants and fiber. All of which can help to promote more energy and keep you feeling fighting fit in the colder months. 

#4 – Check your vitamin D levels

Do you often feel like your immune system is a lot weaker in winter? Do you quickly develop cold, flu, or stomach bug symptoms when the days get shorter? Or maybe you’ve just been feeling a lot lower during winter. This could all be down to a fundamental lack of vitamin D in your body.

Your immune system and your mood can be greatly affected by your levels of vitamin D. This is because it’s made in your body after it’s been exposed to sunlight, meaning it’s not uncommon for people to become vitamin D deficient during the colder, darker months of the year. Vitamin D also helps with the absorption and retention of calcium and phosphorus, which are essential for bone health. So, it can be a good idea to keep on top of your vitamin D intake during winter, with a daily vitamin D supplement.

#5 – Maintain a regular sleep schedule

The hormone melatonin, which is released in response to light, helps to regulate your body’s sleep cycle. Of course this means that if you expose yourself to too much light at night, you’ll actually negatively effect your sleep. 

Light from your smartphone, computer screen, TV or other electronic devices can inhibit the release of melatonin. This then prevents you from getting quality sleep at night, leaving you feeling tired, sluggish and low the next day. So, make sure you start getting up and going to bed at the same time each day, whether it’s winter or not. Get yourself into a sleep schedule and restrict your screen time later at night. You can also take a melatonin supplement if necessary to help you if you’re having further trouble sleeping.

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