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Some Self-Care Tips For The Winter Season

Living in Canada means having to overcome winter each and every year. While some people relish in winter sports and activities such as hockey, skiing, or snowshoeing, others simply dread the long and cold months that winter brings. If you are part of the group of people that struggles with the winter season, be sure to follow these few simple self-care tips so that you can benefit from being sound in both body and mind. 

Make Sure To Get Some Sun

During the winter months, most people tend to wrap themselves under a blanket as they lounge on the couch to fight the cold weather outside. And while this seems like a good way of overcoming the winter, it simply isn’t the best strategy. Why? Well, by lacking sunlight you can be sure to have a persistent negative mood as your body isn't exposed to enough natural light. Yes, the sun actually has antidepressant properties that not only provides your body with vitamin D, but it will also slow down the process of aging. 

By bundling up and going outside for a brisk and short daily walk, you can benefit from a better overall mood which will help you relieve the feelings associated with tension, anxiety, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). 

Eat A Well-Balanced Diet At The Right Time

It isn’t uncommon for many people to put on weight during the winter months, and there is a good explanation for that. For one thing, there isn’t much to do when you are home during the winter, so snacking and eating at odd times during the day or whenever you get an urge to do so will quickly cause you to gain weight. So, be sure to make and keep a regular meal schedule and try to stick to it as much as possible. 

Also, be mindful of what you’re eating. Afterall, you won't put on weight if you substitute snacking on your favourite desserts by eating more vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Additionally, eating more leafy greens, such as spinach, will help you combat feelings of negativity and anxiety associated with a lack of exposure to sunlight. It is also recommended to cut your alcohol consumption significantly as it is a downer that can make your feelings of depression worse.  

Keep Hydrated

Have you noticed that your skin is drier during the winter months, or that you feel more thirsty while being stuck indoors? This is because it is more difficult to stay hydrated during the winter because of the dry air outside and the hot radiating heat indoors. By taking in plenty of water, you can effectively get rid of toxins in your body and even prevent constipation. Add some lemon, honey, and ginger to a warm cup of water if you want to boost your immune system which can help you fight a cold or the flu. 

To keep your skin moist, drink plenty of water and get a good quality skin moisturiser as the soothing sensation will help you calm down and relax. Another great way of making sure that your skin is moisturised and that you are feeling good mentally is by taking a long and warm bath. Being in a bath for a prolonged period of time can instantly help you overcome muscle pain, and this in turn will help you get a better quality sleep so that you can face another winter day with a smile. 

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