Winter does not have to mean damp dark depressing days. Take the time to change it into an opportunity to reflect and rejuvenate. Although it does mean a time of grey skies, wet days and cups of hot chocolate with a blanket and a good movie. All of these things are good for us, yet it is important to maintain balance during a time when we tend to over-indulge.
It can be hard to keep motivated to go outside and exercise on a chilly winter morning and it seems that many people struggle with the same battles each winter. Weight gain, feeling sluggish, lack of motivation and dampened moods are the common trials associated with the colder months. It doesn't have to be that way, there are a few simple ways to embrace the season & build your immunity & strength:
- 10min Self Massage - Use warm oil of your choice and use upward strokes towards the heart before your shower or bath. We love cold pressed black sesame or macadamia oil. Massage is a passive form of exercise, so if you can't make it to the gym or go on that morning jog - this is for you! Massage improves circulation, aids detoxification via the lymphatic system, relaxes the mind, softens tense muscles, stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and balances hormonal functions. Plus, it keeps your skin moist and soft and protects it from the drying effects of wind and heaters.
- Choose Nourishing foods - It is common to feel more hungry than usual during winter. In fact, we have a genetic inclination to put on a little bit of weight during this time of year. Even though that chocolate pudding with ice cream seems comforting, a buckwheat date cake with yoghurt is a better choice. Fill up with delicious sweet foods such as roasted pumpkin and sweet potato. Nourish your body with foods that won't make you gain unhealthy weight that is difficult to lose when the sun comes out again.
- Support your digestive system - Many drinks have an adverse affect on our health and especially our digestive system. The common culprits include caffeinated drinks, coffee, soft drinks & alcohol. These drinks (especially when cold) dampen the strength of your digestive fire so should be avoided. Hot teas with ginger, lemon, fennel and warming spices like cinnamon will stimulate digestive enzymes and encourage proper digestion & assimilation. To boost your digestion, start with a cup of hot ginger & lemon upon waking in the morning and sip on herbal teas during the day. Water is best had at room temperature or heated. To avoid indigestion, do not over eat, and try to allow at least 3hrs between meals to ensure the previous meal is digested.
Be good to yourself; take a warm candle-lit bath sprinkled with dried flowers and a drop of your favourite essential oil. You can purchase your favourite products to treat yourself here: https://www.ospa.co.uk/shop-online