Written by: Claudia Haller NBC-HWC
Winter can be a tough time of year to stay healthy. The days are shorter, the weather is colder, and we're more likely to spend time indoors. Unfortunately, I have not seen the sun in three days due to the thick fog in the mountains here in Switzerland. I know for a fact that if I didn’t make my health a priority, even when it gets dark early and the sun takes its sweet time to rise in the morning, these times would negatively affect my mood.
When the weather takes me down, it affects not only me but my family, friends, and even how I am able to show up for my clients. Fortunately, there are some things we can do to make sure we stay healthy and energized all season long. Here are a few winter wellness tips to keep in mind.
Wash Your Hands Regularly
Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy this winter. Exposure to bacteria and viruses can leave you vulnerable to all sorts of colds and infections, so washing your hands regularly throughout the day is essential. This action helps to remove all unwanted microorganisms lingering on your hands, protecting you from all sorts of nasty bugs. Be sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing, going to the bathroom, or before eating.
Boost Your Immune System
The winter months can be challenging for our health, with a host of common illnesses like colds and the flu making the rounds. However, there are ways that we can boost our immune systems to help keep ourselves healthy this season. One key strategy is to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which provide crucial vitamins and minerals that give our bodies the nutrients they need to fight viruses and bacteria. You can also take supplements like vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, or probiotics if you're coming down with something. Before you make a change to your routine, consult with a healthcare professional to determine the right supplements for your body.
In addition to these practices, regular exercise helps to strengthen the immune system by increasing circulation, providing a greater flow of antibodies throughout the body. While it's tempting to stay indoors where it's warm, getting outside for some fresh air and natural light is crucial for your overall well-being. Even a short walk in the crisp winter air can invigorate your senses and contribute to a positive mindset. Exercise boosts your mood, keeps your energy levels up and helps combat the winter blues. Maintaining a regular exercise routine during the winter months may be helpful, as staying active has also been shown to help with sleep quality.
Sleep is essential for regulating our body's functions, repairing damaged cells and tissues, and helping us to focus and think clearly. Some tips for improving sleep habits during this time include going to bed consistently each night, setting aside electronics at least an hour before bedtime, and practicing relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation before bed. Getting enough sleep is important for keeping our immune systems strong, as it gives us the energy and resources needed to stay healthy. By making adequate rest a priority now, we can enjoy its many benefits in the long run and keep ourselves feeling strong and healthy through the cold weather season and beyond.
Nourish Your Body
Winter is the perfect time to indulge in nourishing, warming foods. Incorporate a variety of local seasonal fruits and vegetables into your meals. Opt for hearty soups, stews, and hot beverages that not only satisfy your taste buds but also provide essential nutrients to support your immune system. Remember to include foods rich in vitamin C, like citrus fruits and dark leafy greens, to help ward off winter bugs.
During winter, it's easy to forget to stay hydrated because we may not feel as thirsty as we do in the heat. However, the dry winter air can dehydrate your body. Make a conscious effort to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Herbal teas and warm lemon water are also excellent choices to keep you hydrated and provide a comforting touch during the colder days.
Fill Your Cup
One of the most important aspects of staying well is filling your cup with things you love. Whatever that means for you -- pampering yourself with your favorite beauty treatments, savoring your favorite foods, or indulging in your favorite hobbies -- by taking steps to care for yourself in these simple ways, you can give your body and mind the boost they need to stay healthy and energized throughout the winter months.
As the winter months settle in, remember that your health and wellness should remain a top priority so that you can show up fully for yourself and for those around you. By practicing these healthy habits during the holiday season, you'll set the foundation for a winter filled with vitality and well-being. Stay well!
Interested in discovering more ways to boost your immunity during the season of sickness? Check out our past blog including five easy ways to strengthen your immune system.
Wondering how you can properly prioritize sleep through a healthy nighttime routine? Check out our blog with tips on how to create your own wind-down practice.
Claudia is an NBC-HWC Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, the owner of Vibrant Health by Claudia LLC and Virtual Health Coaches LLC. She studied Health and Wellness Coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she also completed courses in Gut Health, Hormone Health, and Advanced Coaching. She is a Havening TechniquesⓇ Certified Practitioner and certified 21-Day Sugar Detox Coach as well as a co-author of two Amazon Bestsellers “The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Soul Aligned Business” and “The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Successful Soul Professional”.
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