In nature, Winter is a time for slowing down, turning inwards and digging deep. Shedding the old to make way for the new. For us humans it's a similar story but Winter can also seem heavy going and dreary, keeping our head down, waiting for Spring to come and trying not to get sick.
It doesn't have to be like that. Here are 5 tips for surviving the Winter.
1. Get to bed early. This is the season to hibernate. Don’t push against it. Press pause and slow down. Early nights, snuggled up with a good book, listening to music you love, or meditating are nourishment for the soul.
2. Get outside in nature, whatever the weather. It’s recharging, grounding and clarifying. We need all the natural light we can get in the winter as our vitamin D levels can be low. If you’re feeling seasonally depressed, irritable and are experiencing insomnia go and speak to your doctor about getting your levels checked. It can make a huge difference to supplement with vitamin D if your levels are low.
3. Eat nourishing foods like bone broth made with chicken or beef bones – the best quality you can afford so that they have the beneficial fats and building blocks that you need to nourish all the cells in your body, mend your gut and boost your immunity.
4. Talking of immunity, we’re all under a constant siege from some virus or bacteria or another – whatever’s going round the office or school. Even though we might not actually get sick, our bodies could be in the throes of fighting off the current bug or virus, leaving us feeling inexplicably tired and slightly off. This is your cue to rest up, get an early night, have a hot bath and slow down to help your body do the job it’s trying to do. Eating foods rich in zinc (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, lentils) and vitamin C (red peppers, broccoli, kiwis, broccoli, brussel sprouts) will help to support your immune system too.
5. Eat Real Food. Don’t resort to processed food, takeways and sugary snacks to get you through the winter - too much. Your body needs real food for the vitamins and minerals it contains. Take time to cook for yourself – think of it as a pleasurable, self-loving gesture – and cook double so there are always leftovers for the next day or for next week, if you pop it in the freezer. Eating well help you to stay physically strong so that you have the energy and stamina to stay on your feet and deal with what life throws at you.
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