Don’t we all love the season of winter? The cold breezes, the cuddling ourselves inside the warm blankets, and the cold mornings with hot beverages, just couldn’t get any more beautiful.
Speaking about these beautiful things, winters also significantly impact our health. We tend to be lazier, feel lethargic most of the time, eat more, and drink less water. Our bodies get more prone to allergies as well.
So we are here to help you take care of yourself. Yes, that’s right. We are going to lay out the best and easiest self-care tips that will help you not only survive, but vividly live through this chilly season.
7 Tips to take care of your Mind & Body:
1. 30 Minutes Exercise
Yes, we are going from the most expected to the least expected. Winters make us less energetic. We are in no active mode and want to snuggle all day and night in the bed under the blankets. Pushing our bodies to work out through this weather can be very challenging but at the same time very important. There are so many activities you can do to move your body. Such as
Any sports that involve standing up.
Making your body active and keeping your heart pumping will have good blood circulation throughout your body which will keep you energetic throughout the day.
2. Make Lentils your Best Friend
The ultimate source of protein, carbohydrates, and fibre is protein. They’re packed with immense amounts of vitamins and minerals which help produce feel-good hormones and also keep the body warm and energetic. In addition to that, lentils also help in managing depression. Moreover, they’re the easiest and the fastest to cook. If you’re not in the mood for cooking or are too lazy to cook, just lentil soup, dal chawal, or khichdi and you’ll be amazed at how satisfying it could be.
There are various lentils you could choose from:
Green Gram Dal
Like we say ‘There is a day for every mood’ ;)
3. A Hot Cup of Coffee
We know how much you love your morning coffee.This is an addiction we know but let's make this addiction healthier and more delicious. A hot cup of coffee without any milk and one cup of ghee is going to make a big difference in your body and especially in winter. This black coffee recipe benefits our bodies in a massive way. Let us tell you how:
The mixed ghee is power packed with nutrients.
Makes the best option for lactose intolerant.
Some people face acidity issues with coffee, and ghee helps neutralize that
It helps clean the gut
It helps boost metabolism and keeps the body warm in winter
Helps in weight management
Keep the mood happy and joyous
It's the end of the year, which also means a new year to fill in. So start decluttering your life. From clothes, you didn’t wear for a year to the spider web crawling on those old books. Decluttering is a nice way to give yourself a fresh start into the year because you gain clarity on how much you wasted and how much space you have for new things in life. Stepping in 2023 should be all about positivity and good vibes only.
Start organizing your stuff in a better way. The more you grow old, the more you would want things to be in place. Giving a structure and a place for specific things will stop you from impulsive shopping for those unnecessary items.
5. Set your goals and priorities for next year
The utmost important self-care tip is to not only make your physical body organized but also your mind. The best way to give structure to your life is to plan your next step into the future. Sit with yourself, write down all the achievements you gained in the current year and add what your new goals will be for next year.
Once you have written your new goals, now think of the steps you will have to take in order to achieve them. Having a pathway to walk on makes your mind less chaotic and you’re able to make proper analysis before taking a decision.
One way to help you with this is to get a planner or a journal. Nowadays planners are also available in digital formats.
6. Opt for more Healthy Food
This would be a no-shocker. There is nothing that brings more peace to our minds and bodies than healthy food products. There is an instant feel-good notion that your body starts reflecting because it has been given the right amount of nutrients it is supposed to consume. Let us break one myth for you, eating only fruits and vegetables does not mean you’re eating healthy.
Your body requires a daily recommended intake of fibre, protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins & minerals. Your meals need to have a balanced proportion of all the previously mentioned nutrients to sustain through a healthy journey.
Let’s mention a few options for you in each nutrient category:
If you like this myth-busting, and want to read some more, then read our blog: Bursting 5 common myths about healthy eating.
7. Stay Hydrated
This is the most common one out of all but at the same time most neglected one as well. Staying hydrated on its own is difficult but is even tougher in winter. We feel less thirsty in cold weather which may lead to dehydration. In colder climates, our sweat evaporates quickly in the cold air. For this reason, water consumption decreases to less than half of what we would normally drink.
This is why staying hydrated is important and difficult in winter. There are plenty of ways you can stay hydrated:
Set an alarm or reminder for every hour
Stay away from sugary drinks
Eat a good amount of fresh fruits which contain water
You can also consume fruit juices, detox drinks, coconut water to finish your daily water intake
With this we come to the end of the blog but are just getting started with the winter self-care. Winter does come with its own challenges but how to tackle them, is absolutely our own choice.
You love to take care of your loved ones, your friends, family, pets, plants, and everything and everyone that you care for, but amidst all of this, don’t forget to take care of yourself.
We hope you have a warm, cozy winter season and be healthy and set for the coming summer season. Follow the above-mentioned self care tips for your mind and body.
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