Whilst meteorologists predict that the upcoming winter will likely have above-median maximum temperatures, the days will still be much colder and shorter than we are used to. So, it is important to start caring for your mind and body now and stay healthy and maintain a positive mindset during the upcoming months. Listen to what your body and mind need and create a new Winter regime that will see you bouncing through these tougher months.
Fortunately, there are many healthy foods and natural therapies that you can include in your daily routine so that you can prepare yourself for the colder weather and promote overall wellness. Here are five tips to start you off:
Boost your immunity with Winter superfoods
During the winter season when we see an increase in colds and flu, it is essential to bolster your immune system before and during this period with a balanced nutritious diet.
One way you can do this is by introducing immune-boosting foods into your diet, such as ginger, citrus fruits, garlic, leafy greens, and fermented foods. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can help boost immunity. Citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C, which is known to support the immune system. Garlic has antiviral and antibacterial properties that can help prevent illness. Leafy greens such as spinach and kale are high in vitamins and minerals that support overall health. Fermented foods, such as kimchi, sauerkraut, and yogurt, are packed with live microorganisms, called probiotics, that are essential in maintaining the diversity of your gut microbiome and boosting your overall gut health.
Additionally, try herbal teas too. Teas such as elderberry, licorice, and pine needle have immune-boosting properties and can help soothe symptoms of colds and flu.
Stay active and exercise regularly
While it can be tempting to crawl under the blankets with tea and Netflix during the winter months, staying active and exercising regularly is crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being. We know that exercise increases endorphins and improves muscle mass, as well as helps to improve circulation and mental well-being, which is critical during the darker, colder months. Even a short walk outside can have significant benefits for both physical and mental health, leading to boosts in productivity in the workplace and at home.
If you’re unable or unwilling to exercise outdoors, consider indoor activities such as yoga, Pilates, or dancing. These activities can be done in the comfort of your own home and may also help reduce stress levels.
Embrace relaxation techniques
Winter can be a stressful time for many people, whether it’s due to school holiday preparations or increased work demands, especially with the end of the financial year just around the corner, and it is important to look after your mental health. Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or breathing exercises can help reduce stress levels and promote overall wellness. Meditation involves focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.
Not sure where to start? Join our talented team member Pippa Neve in her four-week guided meditation classes, as she takes you on a journey of relaxation within the mind, body, and spirit.
Discover natural therapies
We have covered the diet and exercise side of boosting your well-being to prep for winter; however natural therapies, such as acupuncture, massage, or aromatherapy, can also help prepare your body for winter and maintain overall health. Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing that has been practiced in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years. By inserting fine needles into specific points of the body, or “channels of energy”, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore a natural balance. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including headaches, back pain, and depression.
We offer acupuncture at both Five Dock and Wentworth to help you regain your equilibrium, enhance your immunity and improve your overall well-being.
Make time for activities you enjoy
Finally, it’s essential to make time for activities you enjoy during the colder, darker months. Engaging in activities that bring you joy can help improve your mood, reduce stress levels, and maintain a positive outlook.
Activities such as reading, cooking, or spending time with loved ones can all have significant benefits for mental health. Consider starting a new hobby or trying something new during the winter months to keep things fresh and exciting.
To sum up, Winter can be a challenging time, but by adding immune-boosting foods to your diet, staying active, using suitable relaxation techniques and natural therapies, and making time for activities you enjoy, you can stay healthy, happy, and positive during the colder, shorter days of winter.
If you’d like to learn more about how Saltuary can help guide you through the winter months with a tailored program and immune-boosting foods and supplements, visit us in-store and talk to one of our team.