5 Tips for Winter Wellness
As we approach the colder months of the year, we tend to turn the central heating up and stay indoors a little more. It is often a busy time of year, with the stresses and strains of festive preparations and the ever-present threat of colds and flu!
Personally I quite enjoy this time of year – I like to get all wrapped up in jumpers and boots and go out walking in the crisp, cold air. However, my skin doesn’t always like it. I find that it becomes dry and chapped very easily, despite me having a tendency for oily skin normally.
Central heating systems, cold winds and stuffy office environments at work can all lead to unhappy skin and an immune system which is under attack from cold and flu viruses.
So what can we do to help ourselves?
1. Look after your skin
Your skin is your body’s first defence against the cold and wet Winter months yet we often neglect it. Use high quality, natural, organic products on your skin to cleanse away the toxins and restore moisture. You can perform a full skin care routine in less than 5 minutes using beautiful products from the Neal’s Yard Organic range – they smell wonderful and last for ages too!
2. Look after your diet
It is tempting to neglect your diet and turn to comfort food when it is cold and wet outside. Rather than turning to caffeine and sugar to get you through your day, why not drink warm, uplifting herbal teas and eat gorgeous home made soups, stews or casseroles to give you that warm, comforting feeling?
3. Boost your immune system
Viruses are everywhere and our body has its own natural defence system called the Immune System. Give your immune system a helping hand by taking echinacea at the first sign of a cold or flu. This wonderful herbal remedy helps to boost your system and reduces the length of any colds. I take it regularly by way of herbal tea as the winter approaches and I rarely get colds or flu. You can get a fabulous immune boosting blend from Neal’s Yard Organics – their echinacea tea blend is combined with acerola, rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and a supporting cast of elderflower, peppermint, yarrow and lime flower.
4. Relax and Unwind
Stress is one of the biggest causes of ill health in our society. Make sure you take time to relax and unwind. No matter how busy you are, listen to your body. Book yourself a relaxing treatment at your local therapist or spa – even if it is only one hour a month, you will feel the benefits and your mood and outlook will improve as a result. Talk to your friends and family about anything that is worrying you – don’t bottle up your problems. Give yourself permission to rest – you cannot give from an empty vessel!
5. Sleep Well
Sleep is so healing and we all need it. Did you know that you could survive three times longer without food that you could without sleep? I believe tests have indicated that we could not survive more than 11 days without sleep. We need it to restore our cells and to refresh our systems. If you are not sleeping well then there are various things you can try, such as lavender oil sprayed on to your pillow, or use an aromatherapy night-time blend roll on, writing down your thoughts to get them out of your head, having Reiki, ensuring your room is cool and dark, removing TV screens and technology from your room and sticking to a regular bedtime routine.
These are all just some ideas and tips that can help you have a healthier Winter season. They are things that I have personally tried and which I find work well for me. I run wellness workshops and offer holistic therapies from my business, Rocks n Rituals. Please visit the website links, if you would like more information about Rocks n Rituals or Neal’s Yard Remedies, or get in touch by leaving a comment.
Let me know, what are your favourite ways to survive the winter months?