However much I love the winter months I know that they can play havoc on my skin and my general health because of the lack of sunshine, and the want for carb filled warm food’s all the damn time. There are so many things I know I should do differently in the winter time but here are my top tips to stay healthy:
Drink lots of water
I know my skin gets pretty dehydrated in the winter months due to the harsh cold weather and unlike summer when I’m boiling and downing bottles of water and squash it’s harder to remember in the winter months. I am lucky to be able to go home at lunchtime so I top my water bottle for the afternoon but it’s good to keep an eye on how much water you’re drinking to make sure you’re hydrated and your skin doesn’t get too dry.
In all honesty, the whole year round my body probably neglects a lot of the essential things it needs, but in the winter with less sunshine it’s even worse. I’ve been trying the Perfect7 tablets from Seven Sea’s which have been created from the identity of 7 key needs for women including skin & nails, hair, energy, brain, vision, heart and hormonal activity. The tablets have vitamins and minerals within them which are designed to give your body everything that it needs to stay healthy. Even just using them for a few weeks I’ve found my nails are stronger (which is great considering I’ve ruined them with gel’s for years), my hair is shinier and I’ve been sniffling in the cold weather less. A great sign right?!
Use Sleep masks
Ever since discovering sleep masks earlier this year I have been obsessed as they’re such a godsend for my skin. I suffer from dry skin around my nose and because sleep masks are so nourishing they have kept it at bay and I have to be honest my skin is the best it’s ever been. The sleep masks I use are not heavy, not greasy, don’t come off on my bed sheets and sink into my skin so well (Origins Intensive Drink Up Mask, Tony Moly Panda Sleep Mask and the Sephora Sleep Masks).
Boost your diet
I know in the winter generally I want to eat is massive bowls of cheese filled pasta or pizza’s, pretty much anything with carbs in it that’s bad for me, but I know this isn’t good. In the winter we need to make sure that we still have our fruit and vegetables even if we’re not downing cold smoothies for breakfast or opting for salad’s at lunch time. Food such as stews and shepherd’s pie’s tend to be great for this as you can make a massive batch of them to last you, you can fill them full of vegetables and hide it alongside meat/ quorn and plenty of potatoes. Best of both worlds.
Stick to your exercise regime
I know in the winter the last thing I want to do is get up early when it’s still dark and do my yoga, or go to the gym after work when yet again it’s dark but maintaining your exercise regime is so important even if it’s just going for a walk. If you suddenly stop your exercise regime and then couple it with eating everything that’s bad for you you’ll ruin everything you’ve worked hard for all year. Trust me I’ve been there!
Make sure you get enough sleep
It can be hard to know the time in the winter when it’s dark from around 5pm but make sure you get the same amount of sleep as you always get as if you lack sleep it decreases your immune system meaning you’re more susceptible to colds. Colds can be the bane of my life in the winter as there’s nothing attractive about someone who looks like Rudolph with a leaking nose. Sleep is good for you all year round so don’t neglect it in the winter.
It isn’t just your physical body you need to keep healthy it’s your mind and mental body. In the summertime, there’s always invites to the park/ pub gardens/ out for picnics/ trips to the beach etc, but none of these things seem quite as appealing when it’s grey and dark. Think of alternatives and fun things you can do inside such as hosting a dinner party, going to an indoor cinema event (there’s plenty on this year), or if you don’t mind the cold opt for one of the main ice skating rinks set up across the country.