Winter can cause a yearning in your soul to warm up by a cozy fire and finally slow down.
I love that nature works like this, innately causing us to change with the seasons... have you ever noticed?
The winter brings the desire for warmer foods, connection with loved ones, and more rest and relaxation. The critical part of this fascinating natural phenomenon is that we listen and oblige. Another tendency is to feel our desire to workout slow down this season, which is also common. There are a few ways I go into the winter season mindful of this, and I'm going to share with you my top ways to help you keep a winter wellness routine, as well.
These work for me each year, and I hope you'll gain some ideas you can use, too!
My favorite Winter Wellness tips...
1. Don’t burn the candle at both ends
If your social calendar looks anything like mine, it's jam-packed this season. We may have a list of holiday parties, a need to catch up with those we didn't have time to see last month for Thanksgiving, and of course, celebrate Christmas and the New Year. However, don’t feel obligated to attend every gathering you get invited to, particularly if you’re feeling burnt out from work and your other obligations. It’s great to meet new people and socialize, but if it causes you to get less sleep or it stresses you out, decline some of the less essential offers.
2. Be mindful at social settings
For the events you do attend, remember that cold and flu germs often lurk without symptoms at first. There’s no need to be paranoid about shaking hands or meeting people, but be mindful of your hands before you eat and don’t touch your nose, mouth or eyes after shaking hands with someone. Keeping your hands clean is the best way to avoid a winter illness. Good handwashing is always a plus!
3. Keep working out
Your best battle against the winter blues is to keep to your workout routine. Finding it hard to stay motivated during the colder months? Switch things up. Try a new class at your gym or take on a new challenge that will help keep you motivated.
4. Hydrate more
Getting enough fluids is essential on any day, but in winter the weather is drier and so is the heat indoors. Not only that, but your skin can become parched too. Drinking more water and applying more moisturizer is a must.
So, what's the norm for you?
Do you try to stay on track during the winter months, or do you put things off until it starts to warm up outside?
I personally try my best to keep on track. It can be hard but never give up and keep trying. Doing something is better than doing nothing.
Be kind to yourself during the winter months and the rest of the year too!
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