Five tips to keep you happy and healthy this winter.
As the weather starts to change in the UK, we have all likely had a dreadful thought or two about the coming months. The days are shorter, the weather is colder and more unpredictable, and we may start to lose motivation as the holidays approach.
As a result of these changes, sometimes both our physical and mental health takes a hit. It is up to us individually to find things to integrate into our daily lives that make us happy and healthy, even when it feels more difficult.
Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to stay happy and healthy this winter.
At least 30 minutes of daily exercise is proven to have a wide range of health benefits, including reduced anxiety and depression, increased cardiovascular efficiency and better sleep. In the winter months we may feel a lot less motivated to do these things, however, winter is when you set the tone for the new year. Set your habits now and stick to it come 2022!
As humans, we crave connection. It can be easier to stay in the house curled up on the couch sometimes than it can be to brave the cold and go for a walk or a coffee with a friend. Socialising is good for both the mind and body. Interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and may even make you live longer.
Get Some Natural Light
Obviously the Winter months in the UK make this one incredibly hard. However, sometimes the winter sun will peek through, and when it does, get outside! Try to soak up that natural light while you can, and when you can’t, try increasing vitamin D by taking a supplement.
Eat Balanced Meals
We all know the importance of eating balanced meals and how this affects our health. When environmental changes make certain aspects of health more difficult, focus on your food. Eat three meals a day, as well as some snacks, with a source of protein, carbs and fat to keep you full and satisfied.
When the weather is warm, we sweat more and naturally get thirsty more frequently. On the flip side, when the weather is cold we may not feel thirsty, even though we are! Be sure to stick to a goal of at least 2 litres of water per day. If cold water feels difficult for you, try herbal tea!
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