Winter tends to be a busy and draining time for a lot of people with work, the holidays, and the blistering cold weather. With it being such a busy time, people tend to forget about the importance of taking care of yourself mentally and physically.
To prevent illness during the winter, follow some of these lifestyle and exercise tips.
1. Cook with spices
Use onions, garlic, and ginger to help improve your immune system, while giving your food some added flavor.
Did you know that Seasonal Depression affects about 9 million Americans? This is due to the much lower levels of sunlight during the Winter. When your mental health isn't at it's best, you have a better chance of becoming sick and/or stressed. Read below for some tips and tricks on how to increase your mental health levels during the winter.
1. Sleep longer
Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night to increase your mood and reduce risk of illness. Set up a daily nighttime routine to help you stay on track and consistent with your sleep schedule.
During the colder months, people tend to stay inside the comfort of their own home a lot more. Instead, try to plan some time every day to get out and socialize. Whether it be a quick lunch or coffee, a gym session, or even just having a movie night with your friends, socializing is a great way to boost your mood and mental health according to Esther Sternberg, MD, the author of The Balance Within.
3. Make the most of winter and think positive
We understand the cold weather may bring your mood down, but it's important to not let that happen. Instead of focusing on the negatives, focus on everything positive. Think about a lovely snowfall, having time to get things done around the house, curling up in your favorite blanket, and any other little things that bring you happiness during the winter. The more you think positive, the better your mental health will be!