By: Suzanne Kvilhaug
Winter can be a time where wellness goes out the window. You can find yourself eating crappy foods, working out way less (or not at all) and overall feeling unmotivated to do anything but go to work then go home and repeat. Even though the freezing temps and the slow energy can really put you in a slump when it comes to your health and wellness, here are 10 suggestions to put more pep in your step and keep your spirits up.
- Take Vitamin D
For most of us, we haven’t been in the sunshine for 5 months now. That’s a long time! The sunshine is the best way to get Vitamin D and since that’s not a possibility, turning to Vitamin D supplements is the next best thing. Our bodies need Vitamin D to fight diseases, depression and aid in weight loss. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, in contrast to water-soluble vitamins, the body has no easy way of getting rid of fat-soluble vitamins. Because of this, excessive amounts may build up inside the body so make sure to take the appropriate dose.
- Stay active
How tempting it is to cancel the gym membership and wait till spring has sprung to start working out again? If you’re not feeling the desire to “go hard or go home” try a different workout. Consider doing lower impact workouts like yoga, Pilates, barre or indoor cycling. You’ll be so thankful you didn’t stop completely come spring. If you don’t use it, you do lose it! Keeping a base will make it that much easier to do more when you’re in the mood.
- Try the sauna
If you aren’t using the sauna at your gym or going to a gym with a sauna, you’re missing out big time! Considering that some days the high temperature can be 10, walking inside a sauna feels like a tropical paradise. You’ll experience heat that you miss and crave while caring for your mind and body. Not only is it nice and warm, saunas help to ease tension, relax the mind and sweat out toxins.
How often do we think “I want to read more!”? What better time than the winter to read the books we’ve had on our list that we haven’t had the time to get to. Visit a bookstore and stock up or download a few books to your Kindle. If you’re already reading a lot or it’s not exciting you at the moment, consider getting into podcasts to pass the time.
- Book a trip
So you’ve had it. You’re cold, blah and need a change…book a trip! Even if it’s just for a weekend, go somewhere warm or to a completely new place you’ve never been. You’ll feel rejuvenated and come back with a much better perspective for the rest of the winter. Plus it’ll give you something to look forward to!
- Eat nutrient dense foods
It’s inevitable that you make some unhealthy food choices during the winter. Instead of feeling guilty about it, make sure to add in nutrient dense foods to ensure your getting the vitamins and minerals you need. Eat greens, superfoods, fiber-rich foods and loads of antioxidants. BudiBars are a great nutritious go to snack during the winter months, they’re packed with superfoods and loaded with fiber to keep you satisfied between meals.
- Learn a new wellness habit
With all of the wellness trends and products, there’s always something you want to try or incorporate into your routine. Things like aromatherapy, essential oils, a new workout, herbs, a new diet, you name it. Whatever it is that you’ve been curious about, now is the time to test it out!
- Drink tea
Hot tea was made for the winter! There’s something comforting and soothing about having a cup of tea when it’s freezing outside. If you’ve already been drinking tea, try a new flavor or consider adding a plant-based milk to change it up. Tea has many health benefits, including boosting your immunity during cold and flu season. And if you haven’t had the combination of a BudiBar with a cup of tea, it’s a must try!
- Stretch more
Lots of sedentary time = the perfect time to stretch more! Stretching helps increase your flexibility, improves your posture, and reduces stress and body aches. Do it while you read and drink tea for a triple whammy of self-care!
- Plan for spring and summer
Even though it seems spring is far away, the reality is it’s right around the corner. Take this quiet time to connect to your thoughts and desires about what you want to accomplish for the rest of the year. Start to create plans, to-do lists and check in with yourself about what you want to experience for the rest of the year.