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You don’t need to be locked down to feel locked in at this time of year! Here’s a few health and lifestyle tips for a healthier winter.
- Keep taking Vitamin D. With shorter days and minimal sun on our skin, this nutrient provides essential immune support. Remember caffeine can interfere with absorption of this and many other supplements, so if you’re a daytime imbiber consider taking your Vitamin D at night with some magnesium.
- Keep moving and get outside everyday (if possible) to walk, run or skip. Rug up and grab a brolly. There’s nothing like a cold or wet winter’s day to make you feel in the moment!
- Are you spending too much time in your head? Take a few moments to consciously check in with what you can smell, touch, hear, see and taste. This simple mindfulness technique can bring you back to the now.
- Break up sedentary work or play with the Pomodoro technique. Use your phone timer or download an app to remind you to get up every 25 – 40 minutes, for a 5 minute break. It’s also creates a useful structure to batch tasks and be more productive.
- Indoor heating dries us out. Sometimes it’s better to put on an extra layer of clothing and move around more, rather than just crank up the heater.
- Stay hydrated. Herbal teas or an old fashioned lemon and honey, is a good way to stay warm and if you’re working on Zoom all day, keep your throat lubricated.
- Remember plants and pets might also need more water if the heating is on. Give indoor plants a regular spritz and regularly refresh the water bowl if you have a cat or dog.
- Have an early night with a good book and a warm cat (or heat pack). Try reading a paper-based book rather than digital or swap screens for podcasts at night, to help ensure a decent sleep.
- Cooking dinner in the oven warms the kitchen and can fill the house with delicious aromas. If roasting vegetables, add extras for next day frittatas, salad, soups or salads. Some forward planning can decrease your power bills and reduce food waste.
Don’t forget a little hygge goes a long way.
Be kind and stay warm.