It’s dark, it’s cold and it’s rainy. Plus, we’re all pretty much still stuck at home. There really isn’t much going on outside we can enjoy right now. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom!
Whilst winter can easily affect our overall wellbeing, we’re determined not to let all of 2020 get us down! To give you a helping hand, here are five of our top tips to help you get the most from the winter months ahead, wellbeing-wise…
Tip #1: Meditate To Improve Positive Thinking
If you’re struggling to muster up the enthusiasm or motivation to get things done during colder, darker days, or you’re simply feeling a little glum, a little positive thinking can go a long way! What’s more, if the stress of still working from home (because we’re sure a lot of you still are!) is getting more and more overwhelming, the calming effect of meditation will relax you and relieve you of unnecessary stress.
Tip #2: Workout To Boost Endorphins
With the chilly weather out in full force, the last thing we want to do is get up before the sun has risen and drag ourselves out to the gym. The answer? YouTube! There are a battalion of workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home and the best part is some of them only take a mere ten minutes to complete!
Tip #3: Get Enough Vitamin D
Research has previously suggested that it is near impossible for us to get enough vitamin D from sunlight in Britain between October and March. Therefore resulting in one in four of us suffering from vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is essential for keeping your immune system in top shape, fighting off diseases and for reducing depression! Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing – meaning our moods can take a turn for the worst in winter, but getting plenty of vitamin D can help. Not getting enough? Try giving yourself a boost, via a daily dose of vitamin supplements.
Tip #4: Eat A Healthy Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner
Even if you’re not currently going into the office for work, making your own lunch (instead of popping to the shop for a meal deal or ready meal) means you know exactly what’s in the food you’re eating. Eating well will keep you feeling good and ensure your spirits are kept lifted however dark and cold it may be outside! Also try to get up with enough time to eat a decent breakfast before you start your day, and enjoy a fully nutritious evening meal too!
Tip #5: Sleep Well (And For Long Enough!)
We all know that between seven to nine hours of beauty sleep is recommended for us every night, but how often are we actually getting that? And how often are those hours actually quality sleep? Whilst we shouldn’t completely hibernate throughout winter, getting sleep that’s efficient in quality and quantity of hours is a must to feeling good! Try creating the right type of environment in your home to promote quality sleep – keep technology usage to a minimum in evenings when possible and avoid caffeine after 6pm. Whacking the heating up when your cold in the evenings may be comforting, but ensure you turn it down (or even switch it off) when you go to bed. Experts suggest keeping your bedroom temperature at around 18c overnight– not too hot and not too cold – as rooms that are too warm will be harder to get to sleep in!
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