Don’t let the winter blues get you down. When the cold weather hits, it’s important to keep up on your health.
(This is a re-written post from my old blog.)
It's winter. The cold is in our bones, and the dreaded dry skin is creeping up our arms. Not to mention, the holidays are on their way, and the temptation of sweets will be lingering everywhere.
For the past month or two, I've been thinking about winter health—and health in general. What are some subtle ways to be healthy that aren’t too time-consuming (or gross)? So, in other words, what are some easy ways to be healthy that even I'd go along with?
I've learned that stress can escalate a lot of unhealthy habits. From anxiety disorders to not sleeping well to stress-eating, there are a lot of negative consequences to not taking care of your mental health. If you're not careful, your whole life could end up being run by anxiety. So take care of yourself. Remember to start simple. Don't neglect yourself. When you feel like you need a break from the overwhelm of your life, take that break.
Get some you time. A while ago, I took a weekend to relax. I tried fruit-infused water, used hand scrubs I'd made so my hands wouldn’t get dry, lit candles to help relax, and in general took it easy. I made sure I was relaxed. It was a great weekend. I was able to refocus, rest, and prepare myself to jump back into work on Monday
Cut Back on the Junk Food
If you want to eat healthy, swapping out junk food for “real food” should be your first move. We all want to treat ourselves to ice cream and pizza. And sure, you deserve a reward, but what’s rewarding to your taste buds may not be good for the rest of you. A few ways to begin to cultivate better eating habits are:
Swap out your junk food snacks for fruits and veggies
Stop grocery shopping when you’re hungry
Try to incorporate a vegetable into every meal
Cut back on sugary drinks
These are simple tricks meant to get you started. It’s going to take a lot of willpower to start eating healthier. Just keep going. The less sugar and carbs you consume, the less you’ll crave them.
Make Working Out Easy
Don't make such a big deal about working out. Start small. Do wall sits while you brush your teeth. Do calf and thigh stretches after you get out of the shower. Park farther away in parking lots so you have to walk just a little bit farther. Stop taking the elevator—take the stairs! Obviously, these won't have the same effect as an actual work out, but you know what? It's a start.
I have a short workout routine that I try to do 3-5 times a day. It consists of these exercises:
It’s not a lot, but if you do it over and over again, it’ll get you places. I started out with smaller numbers, doing only ten of each at a time. I’ve built on that, and I’m at higher numbers now. This is a great workout to do right before you shower or a little after you’ve had a meal.
With these tips in mind, start giving your body the attention it deserves. Just like anything, without the proper care, you’re not going to function at your top potential.