Yep, it’s that time of year. The days are becoming shorter, the nights are longer, carbohydrates all of a sudden seem irresistible and the uggies and winter woollies are being dragged out from the back of the closet. Yep, it’s winter time.
It feels as though getting out of bed has now become the biggest daily challenge, and all motivation to hit the pavement has flown out the window.
Winter is a time of hibernation and many of us dread this time of year. For some of us it comes with a side serve of flatness, exhaustion and just feeling downright crap, but it can actually be a really nourishing time for both the body and mind.
Here’s 5 of my top tips to embrace the winter chill and turn this time of year you actually look forward to…
Now I can already hear you saying “ARE YOU KIDDING?!”, but hear me out for a second! With cold winter weather comes much more indoor time. It’s often wet, rainy and freezing cold outside so it’s only natural to crave Netflix and chill, but more indoor time means less sunshine (And yes, I swear – the sun does still shine in winter!).
If you’re someone that feels moody, lethargic, sluggish and just a bit low during the winter months, it’s highly likely that you may be experiencing something called S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Seasonal Affective Disorder is related to lack of serotonin (that happy chemical in your brain), which is thought to have been affected from the sunlight. In summer, we receive loads of sunlight and Vitamin D (AKA the ‘sunshine’ vitamin) which assists in the production of serotonin and makes us happy.
Get outside for even just 10 minutes a day – walk around the block, eat your lunch in a park. I promise you’ll start feeling better in no time.
As soon as the alarm goes off in the morning, get straight out of bed. I know, I know, it’s cold and dark and the warmth of the bed is much more appealing, but once you’re up and about you’ll be full of energy and feeling good. When you hit the snooze button for too long, you actually do yourself more damage than good. But why? Because your body actually prepares itself for about 2 hours prior to waking up, increasing your body temperature so that you will wake up feeling refreshed. If you wake up and snooze again – your body thinks it’s a false alarm and goes back into sleep mode. The result? A tired, foggy and drowsy brain, all day long, and ain’t nobody got time for that!
So, today I was thinking about learning (sounds strange, I know! 😂) and how we funnel SO much knowledge into our brains from literally the minute we’re born 👶 We remember the important things like ABC’s & 123’s (and hopefully a little more than that 🤔) but there is also SO much that we learn that sits just below the surface that we remember when we call on it (except for algebra, I definitely will never remember algebra… 🤦♀️) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was flicking through the book that I wrote for the ’28 Days To Glow’ Box and this is a prime example of this. Although I have a very thorough knowledge of health and wellness (I mean, I own a health business and have studied PT and Holistic Nutrition so I should probably know some stuff 🤷♀️), pulling it all out of my head and putting it onto paper was just SO invigorating! It basically unveiled everything I’ve taken onboard over the years, and MAN I have learned a lot! But the lesson here is, even though I know this stuff like the back of my hand, writing this book brought it to the forefront of my mind. It was like digging into a treasure chest and pulling out the gems 💎 Reinvigorating me and inspiring me to continue on this healthy journey (and hopefully you too! 😃). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ More often than not, we feel like we already know everything we need to know. But I’ll tell you something – you can NEVER stop learning! It’s crucial to a healthy & happy life that you continue to learn, grow and refresh that zest for living a happy and vibrant life! ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What I’m saying here is: pick up a book, get your imagination flowing, research something you’ve studied before & refresh your memory, feel that creativity boil beneath your skin, learn something new, get your zest for life back and INSPIRE Yourself! Nothing kills an amazing life like complacency does! 🌻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kate xx
Eat healthy carbs
I have no doubt you’re feeling the carb cravings kick in. I’m right there with you girl! It’s because your body is craving energy to keep it warm, and the easiest form of energy for the body to digest is carbohydrates (they are also incredibly comforting). The trick here is to fuel your body with healthy, slow releasing, nutrient dense carbs. Opt for home made sweet potato fries with guacamole, brown rice curries or thick veggie soups. Your waist line will thank you!
Make the most of the weather
To many people’s disbelief, it actually snows in Australia! Head up to the mountain with your pals and take a skiing or snowboarding lesson. Not only will you be out in the fresh mountain air, but it will give a new meaning to winter. Even the practice of trying something new will activate endorphins in your body and make you feel on top of the world (and not just on top of a mountain 😉). You never know, you might just fall in love with it!
Let’s face it, winter comes around every year. Without fail. So I hate to break it to you, but either you move to a place with endless summer, OR you embrace it. Winter is actually a wonderful time of year for reflection, looking inward and taking some much needed time out for you. I’m sure you spend a huge chunk of the year being active, social and getting outdoors, so just listen to your body, slow down and allow yourself to recharge. Start a new book, have your friends over for some soul fuelling movies or take some time out to pamper yourself at home. You might just come out the other side as a healthier and happier version of you!
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