Winter Solstice has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere! Depending on your lifestyle; this could be a busy social time, or a season when contact with others isn't as frequent. The last two years have been challenging for everyone around the world, and it can be easier than ever to slip into routine, ignore our healthier habits, and isolate ourselves indoors. There are tons of small & less small things we can do ourselves, with our partners and children, or community that help to ground us and help upkeep our physical and mental health in the winter months. Here are a few of my favorites:
Walk your way: Walking is one of the easiest exercises we can take part in. It's free; you can choose your own pace, and there are a ton of health benefits "including positive effects on fitness, resting blood pressure, blood pressure control, weight management, depression and cardiovascular disease risk prevention." It's so easy to use the cold weather as an excuse not to get out there! Most of the time I find myself feeling glad I bundled up and got my blood pumping. Consider replacing your afternoon nap with a walk to see if the activity gives you the same or better energy boost.
Supplement Yourself: There are certain vitamins and minerals we can supplement with during the winter to help us feel our best. Among them is vitamin D. This performs many functions in our bodies, it contributes to healthy bones and teeth, supports our immune system, brain and nervous system. In the winter months when our skin isn't absorbing this essential vitamin it's recommended to supplement. Health Canada recommends 600 IU (15 mcg) for children and adults ages 9-70. Another one to consider is vitamin C. Also known as ascorbic acid, is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It's involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the proper functioning of the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. Zinc may also be beneficial to take during the winter. It's needed for immune function, wound healing, blood clotting, thyroid function, and much more. It also plays a key role in maintaining vision and might have effects against viruses. No more than 40mg of this mineral should be ingested as it can impair copper absorption, cause digestive issues, and reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics. If you're not sure any of the supplements mentioned are right for you, take the advice of a physician or pharmacist.
Take time to get to know YOU: In these days of isolation, reduced social interactions, and possibly more spare time than usual, it could be time to reassess yourself. Do you have the same passions? Is it time to start a new hobby? Have you lost touch with what you really want/ where your life is going? This can be a little intimidating to dive into but you don't have to go it alone! There are resources out there such Wellness Together, which provides free mental health assessments, talk services, tools, apps, and programs. If you're a spiritual/ esoteric person, another way to connect with your higher self is to get your birth chart read or have a tarot reading. This can provide a lot of insight into where you've been, where you are, and where you're going. One of the warmest. most knowledgable people I know offer these services. Connect with Amanda and check out what others have to say; "I believe that Amanda’s healing abilities are a powerful gift which has helped me move through multiple historical emotional events which had kept me in stagnate loops."
Try a new recipe: What better way to spend an afternoon than creating a healthy, fulfilling meal? My favorite way to do this is by making a big batch of soup. You can read my other post about my favorite ones here. If you're not a fan of soup or not sure what to make, this website is great. You input what ingredients you have on hand, and it gives you different recipes you can create with what you have!
I hope there's some inspiration in this article. It's okay if there are days where all you want to do is curl up on the couch with a book, or binge watch an entire season of 90 Day Fiancée. It's also okay if you want to eat snacks all day long and not have any real meals. We're human, we're living through COVID, and we're doing our best! If you do want more information about adding healthy routines, meals, or help reaching a specific health goal, book a free 30 minute consultation with me. We can chat about making your goals achievable for 2022!