When winter is fast approaching and it feels freezing when you get out of bed in the morning, it can feel pretty depressing. The changes in weather also mean that you are more likely to pick up a cold and other nasty ailments along the way. Keeping wrapped up, now that summer has been and gone, is one way of staving off illnesses but there is a lot more that you can do to try and stay healthy this winter.
Here are some health tips for you to try:
It might sound like the last thing that you want to do when the temperatures drop but getting outside for fresh air and natural sunlight will give you a health boost.
Doing some exercise will help keep your body fighting fit. As well as releasing endorphins that will give you a happy buzz, it helps to combat stress. It should also help you get to sleep better at night. Even doing some walking on your lunchtime at work or walking to the shop instead of driving can help. You don’t have to sign up for a marathon or go cycling in the snow! Just make sure you keep up with a moderate bit of exercise each week.
Stick to a sleep pattern
Getting enough sleep is also really important to help to stay healthy. Where possible, try to stick as close to a standard sleep pattern as you possibly can.
If you start to feel a bit low, treat yourself to something nice. Whether it is some new designer accessories from Tateossian, or the latest style of winter coat, giving yourself a little gift will lift your spirits. It will be money well spent if it keeps your mood high. Spending time with friends is also a good way of pampering yourself, giving you some fun and good company. It can be tempting to stay indoors and reduce your social life when it is dark outside but social activities give you loads of positive benefits.
If you want to boost your immune system, consuming dairy products are one of the best ways to do this. So try and fit in a glass of milk, yoghurt or even cheese (in moderation). These types of dairy food are the key ingredients for a happy and healthy winter.
Breakfast of Kings
To set yourself up for the day, have a healthy, filling breakfast. If you like porridge then that is the perfect way to start the day and will provide you with fuel you need to get you through to lunch.
Eat lots of fruit and veg
Having a good proportion of fruit and veg in your daily diet will also help you to keep fit and healthy. So think about this when you are shopping and stock up with all of your favourite fruit and vegetables. If veg has a tendency to bore you then try doing new recipes and different ways of cooking it.
How about glazing parsnips or carrots with honey? Or accompany your brussels sprouts with chestnuts? Have you ever tried Irish champ? It comprises of spring onions and creamy mashed potatoes. Get the recipe book out and see what you can do with some creativity and extra ingredients!
Make sure you look after yourself well this winter by following these tips. Even when you don’t really fancy eating that apple or going for that walk, think about all of the good that it is doing for you!