With the holidays approaching it can only mean one thing — winter is on its way. As the weather turns colder and the days get shorter, it’s important to make your health and wellness a priority. Here are six tips to winterize your wellness routine:
Wash Your Hands
Winter is cold and flu season. Make sure you stop germs from spreading by washing your hands frequently. Always remember to lather up before and after handling food, after using the bathroom, after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Take Vitamin D
With shorter winter days, you aren’t getting as much sun exposure compared to the summer. That means your body doesn’t have the chance to convert enough sunlight to Vitamin D.* Taking a Vitamin D supplement in the winter months may help maintain normal levels which can support your immune system.* Make sure to take Vitamin D3 since it’s absorbed better by your body, and have your healthcare practitioner do bloodwork to check your levels so you know the amount that is right for you.
Despite it being cold outside, you can still get dehydrated in the wintertime. The air gets pretty dry, so make sure that you're drinking enough water to stay hydrated. If cold water doesn’t sound appealing this time of year, stock up on herbal teas and steep to your heart’s content!
Shorter days and colder weather can make it more difficult to exercise outside. There’s nothing worse than trying to drag yourself to the gym after work when it’s pitch dark outside. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible! Try waking up a little earlier and working out first thing in the morning. You’d be surprised how energizing it is. Sticking with this routine is a great way to make time for exercise even when it’s cold and dark out.
If you don’t love to sleep, you’re really missing out on all its benefits! Sleep is vital for helping your body rest and repair, and also affects your quality of life. When you feel well-rested, you’ll be more alert, more attentive, and have more energy throughout the day. Getting enough sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and a habit you should keep throughout the winter months.
Indoor Air Quality
In the winter months, you may find yourself spending more time indoors. Unfortunately, indoor air pollutants and allergens, like dust mites, can negatively affect your health. Make sure to dust and vacuum on a regular basis to maintain your indoor air quality. Use non-toxic room fresheners and candles, or use an aromatherapy diffuser with essential oils to add a clean aroma to your home. Also, make an effort to get outside, despite the cold. A brisk walk will give you a chance to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the lovely winter nature scene.
Embrace the changing of the seasons by remaining healthy and positive about the new season ahead. Remember to stay proactive since good health is always supported by positive thoughts and a healthy mindset. What is your winter wellness routine?