Learn more about how you can enjoy a healthy winter during the pandemic and get the most out of the next few months following COVID-19 restrictions. From mindfulness and wellness tips to ideas for healthy eating from home, we’ve got you covered. Download your winter wellness tip sheet!
While taking care of ourselves should be a year-round priority, it’s often challenging during the winter months, especially with the addition of COVID-19 fatigue. Our motivation can be affected by the changing seasons and reduction in sunlight, and it’s normal to feel a lack of energy or lower mood.
1. Stay connected
Now more than ever, it’s important to keep in touch with the people in your life. Reach out to those who may be feeling lonely due to stay-at-home orders and check in with them. Online networking platforms are great for hosting virtual coffee or game nights with friends and family.
2. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness, through meditation and relaxation, can calm your body and mind. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to mindfulness, so be open to trying a variety of techniques. Find different practices online and see what works for you. It can take time to learn, so be kind to yourself.
3. Create a routine
It’s easy to feel a loss of control due to the pandemic. A daily routine fosters a sense of purpose that will help you keep up with healthy habits. Consistent wake and sleep times are a good idea. Do something each day that brings you joy, like reading a good book or trying out a new recipe.
4. Stay active
Exercise is important for self-care, especially during these challenging times. It reduces stress hormones and improve mood. Go at your own pace and choose activities you enjoy, whether it’s going for a walk, an online yoga video or lifting weights.
5. Develop a skill
Learning a new skill can improve self- esteem and have a positive impact on mental health. If you’ve always wanted to play the guitar or speak another language, now is the time to learn.
6. Practice gratitude
It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of our everyday lives. Make an effort to focus on the simple pleasures of daily life to remind yourself what you are grateful for.