As we enter the colder months, it can be a good opportunity to make some changes to help you start the new season with a happier and healthier mind and body. There are plenty of ways you can improve your health and it’s always good to use this time of year to try and make sure you’re as healthy as possible throughout the colder season. However, don’t forget to take the time to look after your mind’s wellbeing too – your mental health is just as important. Below are some of the ways you can improve both your mind and body.
Switch up your diet
Food plays an important part in how you feel and eating a well-balanced diet can make a huge difference to your health and energy levels. It can be easy to fall into the habit of grabbing easy on-the-go meals, especially as the evenings turn darker and you crave comfort food. However, making sure you plan and make some meals that are packed full of good nutrients, can make you feel a lot better. If you’re after some quick meals to make in the evening, then stir fries are a brilliant option, as you can pack them full of vegetables – an easy way to ensure you get your five a day. When it comes to snacks and treats, try switching your usual choice for some fruit, like satsumas or tangerines; packed with vitamin C, they’re a great energy source and perfect to snack on during the colder days.
Improve your health
There are plenty of ways to improve your health, from getting outside and enjoying the fresh air (more on that below) to making some lifestyle changes that might make more impact. If you’re a smoker then why not use this opportunity to take control and quit for good. There’s no denying that quitting can be hard, but there are ways to help you kick the habit. Going cold turkey doesn’t work for a lot of people, as it’s estimated that only 4% of people remain smoke free after a year. However, you could look for alternatives such as e-cigarettes, as they are much less harmful. There are plenty of options when it comes to finding alternative methods, and brands like JUUL have created products that are a lot more discreet than the usual offerings.
Another way to improve your health might be to look at your alcohol consumption over the winter months. With Christmas parties, gatherings and the temptation to come home in the evening and get cosy with a glass of wine whilst watching TV, it can soon add up. However, be mindful of how much you’re drinking and try switching things up a little, go for spritzers or mocktails, which are nice low-alcohol alternatives.
Getting outside and making the most of the fresh air has proven benefits to both your mind and body. According to Mind, spending time outside can help improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress and help you feel a little more relaxed. Winter can sometimes be a stressful time of year, with Christmas and the end of the year approaching, so getting outside for a small walk everyday can really boost your mood. There are also the physical benefits of getting out and about, the extra exercise can help keep your body healthy too. You don’t have to dedicate too much time every day for walking, it’s said that even a 10 minute brisk walk is beneficial. If you spent time in the morning commuting, then why not try getting off a stop earlier or changing up your usual route to include some extra steps!