Have You Considered A Winter Wellness Program?
If winter has you planning your Netflix schedule and preparing a list of all the takeout delivery places in your area, you are not alone.
We get that the cold, grey months of the year push many people to near hibernation.
But what if you didn’t have to hide under a blanket and drag your feet through an entire quarter (or more) of the year? Wouldn’t you rather feel happy and healthy year-round?
With just a little planning and determination, you could embark on a winter wellness plan that helps you not only tolerate the next few months, but enjoy them!
Here’s what we’ll be doing to thrive over the winter months – how about you?
What Is A Winter Wellness Program?
It is no secret that winter is the time of year that you are most likely to get sick. The weather is cold, it rains a lot and the germs are flying around everywhere.
On top of that, it is easier to feel a bit more blue in the colder months. When it is dreary outside and the sun is in hibernation, all of those feelings can catch up to you.
For that reason, winter wellness is not just about staying germ free. It is about keeping your mind and body feeling good all year round - despite the darker impact of winter.
So, here are some things you can do to thrive this winter.
Make Like A Lemur
We’re not talking about “move it, move it” here (that comes later)!
Instead, we are talking about their relaxing habits. If you’ve ever seen lemurs during their chill time, you will notice they like to sit in a patch of sunshine in the lotus position, hands on knees, noses raised to the sun. That’s why you will never see a sad lemur!
Many people get the winter blues or genuinely suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) when they don’t get enough sunlight over winter. It’s all to do with the production of serotonin (the happy chemical) – which is stimulated by sunlight.
Make sure you head outdoors regularly in the early afternoon to soak up some of those good-vibe-rays.
Move It, Move It
Okay, now we can talk about moving it!
While it’s tempting to make like a bear and hibernate when it’s cold out, exercise is essential to keep us healthy and boost our mood. This is another activity that promotes serotonin production.
Head outside for a brisk walk when you can, or take it indoors for a yoga or group fitness class. Whatever you do, just keep it moving to reap the benefits.
It’s easy to forget to drink lots of water when it’s cold outside, but our bodies need hydration just as much – if not more - during winter.
Water is great, but sometimes you will feel like something with a bit of warmth in it. Drink warm water or teas infused with lemon, ginger, and honey to fend off colds and flu.
Every season has a different energy, and winter is a great time to step back a little and take stock.
Shorter days and colder nights offer us the chance to come home and spend some quiet time nurturing our minds as well as our bodies. Try some meditation, work on your mindfulness, practice gratitude and get plenty of sleep to keep your body strong.
Feed Your Body What It Needs
Of course, there's always a place for comfort food, especially during winter, but comfort food can also be healthy! Winter is the perfect time to cook up lasagnes or curries packed with vegetables, enjoy nutritious soups, and chow down on vitamin C boosting citrus fruit.
Eating a wide range of in-season, fresh fruits and vegetables ensures you have plenty of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to help your body fight off any bugs that are floating around. Plus, eating well nourishes the mind and body when you need it most.
And luckily, we have plenty of fresh seasonal fruit available here at Twisted Citrus. Keep your mind and body well this winter and get some delicious fruit delivered to your door.