Winter is here. That means cold and flu season, the urge to curl up on the couch and binge watch Netflix, and the desire to let those scrumptious holiday treats tempt you.
Resist the urge and keep your health on track with our winter wellness tips! This is the ultimate guide to taking care of yourself during the winter!
Winter Wellness Tips
These are just a few ways you and your family can avoid illness, strengthen your immune system and stay well during the winter season!
Wash. Your. Hands
This is basic common sense. Washing your hands is a simple and effective way to help prevent the spread of germs and stay healthy.
Make this easy, natural hand sanitizer and keep it handy:
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
- 20-30 drops tea tree essential oil
- 1 tbsp witch hazel extract
- 8 oz 100% pure aloe vera gel
- ¼ teaspoon vitamin E oil
In a small bowl, mix together the essential oils and vitamin E oil, then add the witch hazel and mix again. Add this mixture to the aloe vera gel and give it a good stir. Pour in dark colored spritz bottles and shake gently before each use.
This may sound counterproductive, especially since it will make you cold, but of course we know it isn’t the cold that makes us sick. And, if you’re dressed properly, you won’t be shivering anyways.
Spending time outside, in the fresh air, actually has a ton of benefits:
- Cold can increase your resting metabolism
- Winter activity can help your body produce vitamin D
- You burn more energy in the cold
- Getting outside and into sunlight can help drive away winter depression.
Keep Stress in Check
For many, winter can put us in a perpetual bad mood. This time of year can be stressful, and as many as 15% of us actually get the “winter blues.” These strategies may make you feel better:
- Start a journal
- Get enough sleep
With the holiday season, and that aforementioned urge to binge watch on the couch, it can be easy to forget your commitment to healthy eating during the winter.
And there are reasons for that – we’re tempted by comfort foods to chase away the cold, fresh and produce isn’t as plentiful in the off season, making it easy to reach for other options.
That said, it’s still important to eat well. In fact, it could be even more important.
For an extra health kick, add some if these immune boosting foods to your diet:
- Citrus fruits – grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes
- Red peppers
Pay Attention to Indoor Air Quality
We’ve got good news and bad news.
Bad news: winter indoor air is often even more toxic than summer indoor air. There’s typically less ventilation from open windows or doors, and there’s low to no humidity, and that can lower the body’s ability to cope with indoor toxins.
Good news: there are ways to offset the toxic air:
- Keep your house clean: vacuum twice a week and clean the filter regularly, wash sheets each week
- Replace air filters each month
- Invest in an air purifier
- Load up on air purifying house plants
Staying hydrated is just as important in winter as in summer. If you’re feeling fatigued, or if your skin seems extra dry, these could be signs you’re not getting enough water! Drink up.
And yes, a nice, hot herbal tea counts!
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is uber important for your health, no matter the season.
Sleep allows your body to rest, restore, and rebuild.
Studies have found that those who don’t get enough sleep have high levels of inflammation, which preoccupies your immune system. As tempting as it is to stay up late and binge your favorite show, make sleep your first priority.
This year, don’t let winter get you down. Use our winter wellness tips to keep yourself grounded and keep the winter blues at bay!