Staying Healthy This Winter

The Holiday season is one of the most beautiful times of the year. We gather our family together, eat delicious food and exchange gifts. For a few days, it seems like time stops and we’re kids again. This winter; however, is a little different. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, traveling and meeting with people is probably not the best idea. So, staying healthy becomes the priority of the year.

First, we should keep away from crowds and practice social distancing from people outside our household. Secondly, we should try to keep a fixed routine to lower exposure risks. When the cold season arrives, our immune system usually gets weaker, which means we’re prone to get a cold or flu.

Here are some tips that can help you stay healthy and enjoy the holidays even when it’s cold outside.

1. Go for a walk in nature

Even if the winter season brings rain or snow, there will always be some sunny days. Take walks in nature whenever the weather allows.

Even when it’s cold, movement helps your body drain the toxins and keep an alert state. Fresh air is rich in oxygen which keeps the brain active. Nature also offers a pleasant atmosphere, especially if you have the chance to walk in a pine forest or a snowy park.

Try to avoid the center of a city where there are crowds or pollution. Don’t forget to always bring a mask in case you meet someone on your walk.

2. Buy seasonal produce

Boosting your immune system doesn’t involve eating junk food! Ditch the foods high in sugar, additives and saturated fats. Instead, buy fresh and local produce that’s in season. You can support local farmers, eat healthily and save a few dollars.

Kiwis, mandarins, clementines, oranges, grapefruits are all packed with vitamin C which helps your immune system, your skin and digestion. They can be eaten raw or prepared as smoothies, jams or in pies made with whole grain flour and less sugar.

You can make a voluptuous soup from vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower or carrots and add some potatoes and spinach. Just boil them until they are soft, blend them and season to taste. Warm food like stews, soups and teas are beneficial to the body especially when the temperatures are low.

3. Follow a routine

Even though most of us are staying at home now, it doesn’t mean that we can binge watch TV series and sit on the couch for hours at a time.

Having a routine is fantastic for the body and mind. If you’re working from home, having a schedule can boost productivity. Your routine doesn’t need to be complicated. Start with the main tasks for the day and then add in breaks and free time for hobbies, TV and so on. You will benefit from a stable working routine.

Set work intervals throughout the day. Have breaks to take a walk with your partner or dog, do yoga or work out. This will help you complete your tasks as well as maintain your mental and physical health.

4. Get social

Just because we don’t travel anymore doesn’t mean we can’t see our families and friends. Being sociable is crucial to your mental, emotional and even physical well-being.

It’s true that we can’t touch the people through Zoom meetings, but we can see them, talk to them and share laughs in the comfort of our own home. You can organize a lunch or dinner “meeting” for a safe family meal.

You can have some one-on-one time with family members and share photos, memories and a hot chocolate over Skype. Checking up on your family and friends will help boost your morale while you’re enjoying these slow Holidays.

5. Exercise regularly

The benefits of working out regularly include cardiovascular improvement, immune system boost and anti-aging effects. If you’re spending time on social media or answering emails, you may be sitting down more than is healthy.

Try to fit  a couple of workouts a week into your routine.

6. Start a new hobby

If you’re at home, chances are that you have some spare time. Instead of watching TV because you don’t know what else to do, try a new hobby.

Here are some ideas to occupy your time:

  • Reading
  • Painting or drawing
  • Repairing items around the house
  • Journaling
  • Knitting
  • Indoor gardening
  • Holiday decorating
  • Learning to play an instrument

7. Meditate

This year is the perfect time to reflect on our lives and re-evaluate, although it can be stressful. Mental health is part of your general health, so don’t neglect your feelings.

Set time a few days a week to meditate and practice breathing methods. You do not need to be spiritual or religious to meditate. Just sit still, breathe and enjoy a quiet moment for yourself. Research has found that meditation improves mood, increases awareness and reduces stress. That’s why it’s quintessential to relax and be present.

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