There’s something refreshing about the autumn season – the sun sets earlier, the air is has a bite to it and the trees transition from vibrant greens to rich tones of red. This being said, autumn isn’t just known for its beauty, it’s known for it’s feeling too. If you’re not prepared for it (we’re talking beyond the closet), the colder season can have serious impacts on how our bodies function.
Ignoring what our bodies need when the season changes could result in lingering colds, seasonal affective disorder and weight gain. Here are five steps you should take to ensure that your body, mind and soul stay healthy this winter season.
- Stay Hydrated
The drop in temperature decreases humidity levels in the air, which could dry your skin out and the mucus membranes in your nose, lungs and throat. Ensure that you’re drinking the recommended amount of water every day to keep yourself moisturized and to decrease the chances of getting ill.
- Bathe in Sunshine
It’s not uncommon to feel completely exhausted when the colder weather comes around – out time in the sun is seriously restricted. The sun provides our bodies with vitamins that are important for our long-term happiness. Opt for a walk at lunchtime and try and get outside on the weekends, it might be cold, but it’s worth it for your health.
- Take Your Vitamins
A major key to winter wellness is making sure that your body has all of the nutrients that it needs to keep healthy and strong to fight off bad bacteria that might be floating around. We suggest taking a multivitamin every morning and using natural herbs like Echinacea to eliminate your risk of getting sick.
- Get Your Z’s
Sleep is a vital component to our brains and how our bodies work everyday, especially when it’s cold outside. Take the necessary steps to ensure that you’re getting enough sleep at night – not only will it relieve stress and tension, but it will strengthen your immune system.
- Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Due to the change in weather, a lot of local fruits and veggies will be out of season. Considering this, and the fact that the holidays are right around the corner, it’s important to incorporate nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. Eating foods that are in season, as well as fermented foods, organic leafy greens, fish, turmeric, ginger and apple cider vinegar will help you stay healthy.
Caring about what you put into your body is the first step to ensuring that your personal winter-wellness program stays intact all season long. Why not start with a delicious Nagi bar?