Winter is upon us, which means we all need to be mindful of how we can stay well! This is not always easy to do when the days are shorter, darker, yet somehow busier than normal. Still, prioritizing your wellbeing is important for maintaining your energy and mood.
These five winter wellness tips will help you stay healthier and happier all season long:
Tip #1: Drink plenty of fluids.
Especially when it's cold outside, it's easy to forget how important it is to drink enough water and other fluids. However, staying hydrated plays a key role in keeping your body feeling good all day long. It's also necessary for flushing out toxins and moving nutrients around the body.
Staying hydrated doesn't have to be complicated: carry a water bottle with you throughout the day, refill it when it's empty, and continue drinking until one hour before bedtime!
If plain tap water isn't appealing to you (especially during colder months), consider adding some lemon or cucumber slices into your glass of ice-cold H20; this will give an extra boost of flavor without any artificial ingredients or added sugars.
Consider drinking warm drinks as well! While there's nothing quite as comforting during the winter months as a hot cup of cocoa, coffee, or tea, these beverages also provide some health benefits that are worth mentioning!
First off, they're all caffeinated, which means sipping on one or two throughout the day will give us a boost to get things done and stay motivated to take care of ourselves. Plus, studies show consuming caffeine in moderation (about 300 milligrams per day) can improve our cognitive function.
Since we tend to feel cold more often during these colder months, drinking something hot can give us a warm sensation all over and help cheer us up during the darker months.
Tip #2: Snuggle up with your pets.
There's nothing quite like the sweet embrace of a cat or dog to make us feel happy and relaxed—and it turns out, there are scientific benefits behind this sentiment!
Studies have shown that being near an animal can lower our blood pressure, heart rate, and stress levels. This means we'll experience less anxiety throughout the day and fewer aches and pains (especially those caused by cold temperatures).
Studies have shown that being near an animal can lower our blood pressure, heart rate, and stress levels.
If you don't already have a furry friend at home, consider fostering or adopting one from your local shelter; not only will this give you lots of love during these colder months but also multiple health perks all year long.
Tip #3: Take care of your skin.
It's important to take extra special care of our skin when winter rolls around because the bitter cold and dryness in the air leave our skin feeling itchy and cracked.
If you are prone to eczema breakouts or itchy skin, don't forget to moisturize your affected areas regularly with a product like coconut oil.
If you want to maintain a soft and smooth complexion on your face, use a hydrating toner or serum on damp skin showering after showering or washing your face to help lock in some necessary moisture and protect your skin from cold weather exposure.
Finally, don't neglect the SPF just because the sun isn't shining!
Tip #4: Add more movement into your daily routine.
On some colder days, the last thing we want to do is get out from underneath the warmth of our comforters. Although, it's important that, at some point, we still make an effort to get up and move around every day!
Studies show that regular exercise of any kind can keep stress and anxiety at bay. Activities like yoga and meditation can also help lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), increase your energy, and keep you feeling calmer throughout all the holiday stress and sickness.
Studies show that regular exercise of any kind can keep stress and anxiety at bay.
And if you're someone who struggles with a common wintertime condition called SAD (seasonal affective disorder), try exercising outdoors when possible since exposure to natural light can help alleviate symptoms.
Tip #5: Get plenty of rest.
This one goes without saying, but it's still worth mentioning! Start getting more sleep, as well as improving your sleep hygiene. It's especially important to get around eight hours of sleep each night during the winter months.
If we're well-rested, we'll be less likely to succumb to illnesses like the common cold. So make sure you're winding down at least an hour before bedtime each night with some calming activities like listening to music or reading!
Do you have any other tips that you swear by during these colder months? Share below in the comments!