Winter arrives quietly. And contrasting all the good vibes that come with spring and summer, winter brings the cold. Especially here in Scandinavia. It can be dull, but it is also magical. And as the December month is approaching us slowly but surely, our bodies change. They slow down and many of us feel tired and less energetic. Winter is tough.
Lately I´ve been thinking about small changes that I can implement in my everyday life to keep my energy levels up. It might seem obvious, but we need the right nutrients to keep our immune system intact and avoid catching colds. Also, we need to stay hydrated. Extra attention should be given to our everyday routines. Keep reading to discover 4 simple ways that will help you prepare for this season!
1. Beauty sleep
Sleep deprivation is caused by different factors such as stress, overload at school/work, and diet. And it cannot be emphasised enough: we really need to get our hours of beauty sleep! A good night´s sleep helps us tackle long days. I try to spend as much time outside as possible during winter. By doing this, we get an adequate amount of light exposure, which can help us fall asleep more easily.
2. Eat nourishing food
Rather than being too caught up in clean eating, set yourself smaller goals. For example, try to limit fast and processed food as much as possible during the week. This includes junk food and refined sugars as well, as they are low in nutritional value and high in calories that make us feel less energetic - been there, done that. Promote your health and reduce stress by being more aware of feeding your body the right nutrients. Of course, treat yourself! I do. If you want pizza, have pizza. But maybe not every other day...?
December is all about family and loved ones. Why not put some extra effort in unplugging this season: Turn off electronic devices and focus on yourself, your family, and those around you. Turn off your notifications 2 hours before going to bed, or even put it in flight mode. Allow yourself to check SoMe during your daily commute, rather than doing it first thing in the morning. Be more present, and put your phone down.
4. Practice self-love:
Stretching, cardio, and mindfulness
Physical health has a huge impact on our mental and emotional well-being. By combining stretching, cardio, and mindfulness - I´ve regained clarity and it has helped me let go of tension. Through stretching, we loosen up our muscles and become more flexible. This is so beneficial since we spend most of our day sitting down. It shouldn´t come as a surprise to say that our bodies are not made for this modern lifestyle: studies show us how, over time, we can develop health issues such as osteoarthritis, bone spurs and other painful inflammatory responses and injuries. No thanks! Keep that body moving and stretch. You´ll thank yourself later!