Winter can be a trying season you aren’t fully prepared for the cold, dark days. From cultivating a healthy attitude to ensuring that your body is ready for the challenges presented by the colder months, these tips will help you have a healthier, cozier winter.
Opt For Warm Seasonal Meals
This may seem an obvious point, but preparing warm food is not always terribly convenient if you work. Many of us keep eating our favorite summer staples like sandwiches and salads throughout the winter months, despite the fact that the ingredients are not in season and so harder to come by. Of course, taking a cold lunch to work is easier than preparing a bowl of lentil soup, but it probably won’t warm your body from the inside, and it certainly won’t help you endure the cold on your commute later on.
The secret to keeping warming, nourishing meals on your menu all winter long is meal-prep. If you’re lucky enough to have lots of space in your freezer, you can prepare big batches of stews and soups which can be portioned out and frozen in freezer bags. Your morning lunch prep comes down to simply grabbing a freezer bag of soup and perhaps picking up a hot bread roll on your way to work. You can do this some meal prep weeks ahead of time, or you can cook up a storm at the weekends.
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Listen to Your Body
The winter months can be hard going, even if you start the season fit and healthy. It’s important to take good care of your health and pay close attention to the various aches and pains that are your body’s way of telling you what it needs. If you feel the flu coming on—that telltale scratchy throat and rising fever—now is not the time to head out and shovel snow in your driveway. Rather, call a snow removal service and head to bed with a warm cup of cocoa! When you’re feeling ill, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids, and try to keep your temperature constant. If you realize that you may be falling ill and you manage to catch it in time, you could be able to side-step the illness if you give your immune system a little extra help.
Move Your Body Every Day
Yes, even if it’s cold outside! Exercise is a brilliant way to stay warm in winter and limber through the winter. That said, you simply won’t always want to do it when it’s cold outside. Your body might protest at the simple suggestion of striding out for a brisk walk, especially once those daylight hours start to rapidly decrease. If you can force yourself to head out of the house every day, even if it’s just for a stroll around the neighborhood, your mood stands to benefit greatly.
Whether you dread the winter or consider yourself a snow queen, these tips will help you stay healthy and warm this season.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.