Holistic Wellbeing Series- Beating the Winter Blues

For many of us, winter can be a hard slog- physically and mentally. Less daylight and chilly days can leave us feeling a little lower mood-wise, a bit sluggish and lacking energy, and generally our motivation to brave the cold and do things like exercise and socialise can take a hit. Below are 9 top tips for beating winter blues to get you through this winter season.

1. Get Your Vitamin D Checked

Vitamin D is essential for bone and muscle health, optimising our immune system, and boosting our energy. It is worth having your vitamin D levels checked by your GP, as the Medical Journal of Australia estimates that over 50% of women have insufficient vitamin D levels throughout the winter months given that we experience less sunshine. Many of us probably need help to boost vitamin D, which your GP can explain.

2. Let Light In!

Shorter days and less sunshine can also really lower our mood. Let in as much natural light to your space as possible during the day. As soon as you wake, open those curtains. Even if the sun isn’t shining, any natural light coming in will help boost your mood and make you feel more energised.

3. Get Fresh Air

Try to go for a walk outside most days, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. It can be so hard to be motivated to brave the cold, but if you rug up and go for a brisk walk, there’s honestly nothing more invigorating than breathing in fresh winter air and getting your body moving.

4. Sip Tea

Drinking tea throughout the day will warm you from the inside out, and keep you hydrated (because let’s be real, it’s so hard to drink cold water all day during winter when it’s freezing outside!). If you’re watching your caffeine intake, opt for herbal teas, and you can also try drinking warm water infused with lemon or other fruits.

5. Stay Social

It can be so tempting to hibernate from the cold under a warm blanket, but we are social creatures, and our social lives can really suffer over winter. Try to be creative with how you catch up with friends and family when it’s not as appealing to brave the cold for a night out. Try inviting your friends over for mulled wine and charades or put on an afternoon tea with tea and scones to warm you up and catch up with those you love.

6. Eat Nourishing, Hearty Comfort Foods

Think your mum’s casserole, chicken soup, curries, and apple pie. It’s all about balance and eating warming foods that bring comfort is so good for the soul.

7. Invest in Cosy Clothing

Investing in wool jumpers, coats, and scarves etc. for when you’re out and about and cosy loungewear and slippers for home will honestly make all the difference for your comfort levels.

8. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise….

…. Every inch of your body! Between the icy cold air outside and all the heating inside, our skin can really suffer, becoming dry and cracked during winter. Swap out your normal skincare for more moisturising versions during the colder months and moisturise after every bath or shower. Also, apply lip balm and hand cream religiously every night before bed.

9. Embrace Slower Days

Sometimes, there’s nothing more soothing than those cold rainy days and the opportunity to slow down. Take an hour to make a cup of tea and cosy up under a blanket to read a good book. It is so good for the soul, and one of the biggest perks of winter!

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