If the last few months have made you a bit blue, we’ve come to your rescue to perk yourself up with these 5 winter tips so you can keep warm and healthy.
During winter, the motivation to stay healthy and fit can be a difficulty. Your body will naturally want to sleep longer and will adjust its rhythm to the hours of daylight. Keep reading to find out how to sooth your soul, and throat, if need be.
1. Warm Breakfast
The benefits of eating a healthy breakfast is well known, but eating a cold breakfast on a winter morning can really make anyone stay under the covers.
A warm breakfast on the other hand is a nice way to start the day and kickstart your metabolism! Resist the snooze button and treat yourself with a warm breakfast like a hearty bowl of porridge.
Porridge includes high fibre and low GI carbs and can be tossed together with all your favourite toppings like bananas, chia seeds or mixed nuts. If you are short on time in the morning, try this Chai Spiced Winter Porridge that only takes 5 minutes to prep!
2. Time for Tea
Drinking tea dates all the way back to ancient China. Why is the tradition so popular now? Tea offers numerous health-promoting benefits. It refreshes the mind and clears heat within the body.
Both black and green tea are very rich in antioxidants, and studies have shown that people who drink tea regularly, have healthier blood vessels and a lower risk of heart diseases.
There are plenty of herbal teas to choose from, that can help ease anxiety and depression by calming your nerves and body.The most common tea to heal a sore throat is chamomile, which can also help you sleep better.
3. Hey honey!
Honey is a game changer if you’re feeling a bit sick or need an extra health boost to survive the cold. Make sure you go for a nutritious raw honey to get a hold of these health benefits, as pasteurized and filtered honey does not contain any antioxidants.
Mix about a teaspoon of raw honey with a warm glass of milk, water or a cup of tea. This makes a nice hydrating, cough-soothing and antibacterial cuppa.
Fun Fact: Some raw honey has such strong antibacterial effects that it was used in wound dressings by the ancient Egyptians, and is still used for this purpose today.
4. Spa Me Up
Grab a friend, partner or parent under the arm and head down to the hot springs on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula to enjoy a relaxing day in a public bath.
Inspired by the Japanese onsens, brothers Charles and Richard Davidson founded Peninsula Hot Springs in 1997. The hot springs are now an award-winning geothermal hot spring and day spa centre.
Immerse yourself in the naturally mineral infused water, which come from a natural deep reserve below the earth’s surface. The high temperatures of the baths help tense muscles to relax. So, whether you are feeling a little stressed or not, this is such a good way to detoxify your body and skin. For more information, go visit: https://www.peninsulahotsprings.com/
5. Winter Meditation
Aside from your body and health, it’s also important to pay attention to your mind during this cold time. If the weather allows it, take a walk outside and concentrate on being present. Being mindful and practicing meditation does not have to take up a lot of time.
“Use the feeling (and message) of winter’s big chill to slow down drains on your mind and body and to turn up the positivity – naturally. Be there to witness the changes that are brewing so that you can successfully navigate them.”
Says Dr. Joseph Cardillo, PhD, a nationally best-selling author in the fields of health, mind-body-spirit, and psychology.
Sometimes when we have too much we are attending to in our minds and lives, even big change is hard to detect. The busyness of life hypnotizes, controls, and impedes, he says. If you haven't tried to meditate before, Dr. Joe explains it further here.