Keeping healthy through colder months requires the same resolve to be good to yourself, treating yourself kindly the way you would honor a cherished guest throughout the year, yet with a few seasonal adjustments that compensate for the specifics of cooler and sometimes challenging weather and the lifestyle changes those climatic factors imply. Here is an article that recommends a handful of sensible tips for navigating winter months with continued optimal health; the suggestions include:
- embrace the season – make peace with what is and thrive, not just survive; have fun!
- exercise outdoors when you can – but when inclement weather moves workouts indoors, drag out the favorite mini-trampoline, Wii or X-Box or workout games and/or videos and enjoy keeping your circulation going inside
- start the day with hot oatmeal, some cut up fruit (fresh or frozen-thawed the night before), a few nuts, perhaps a spoonful of applesause and a splash of coconut milk or a heaping spoonful of yogurt, with maybe a dash of cinnamon – you’ll find you don’t miss the fat, carbs and refined sugars when you get the ‘real deal’
- socialize – get out of the cocoon daily if possible; especially if you work from home; even if it’s just a walk to the post office or someplace to interact with friends and colleagues; if weather is awful have a Skype or phone chat with someone you haven’t talked to in a while whose company you enjoy
- take advantage of winter activities: whale-watching, ice-skating, skiing or even just a winter concert series
- plan a mid-winter get-away and/or your spring garden and order seeds
- dress warm and comfortable; treat yourself to clothing you enjoy wearing, feel good in and fits well
- soak up extra vitamin D in the sun when it’s out; take breaks in the sun when you can
Other ways to keep happy and healthy are noted in articles such as this list of 15 Ways To Stay Healthy This Winter and 8 Winter Tips for Healthy Living. It all boils down to remembering to take good care of yourself, which in turn, helps you be optimally kind – and health-promoting to those around you.