For some, winter is the most depressing time of the year – grey, dull, cold and dark don’t add up to the best ‘feel good’ ingredients. You can help banish those winter blues and keep in good health, by thinking about your lifestyle and your diet, however. Here’s a look at some of the changes you can make in your life to keep in tip-top condition.
It may be tempting to slump on the sofa, looking out the window and complaining to yourself, but why not get out there, get active and get some fresh air? If you don’t already go to the gym or belong to a sports club, then why not join up?
If you don’t have spare cash to pay for a gym membership, then think about dusting off that bike that has been sitting in the garage for years. Or, failing that, you can resort to your two feet – they’re free! A cycle in the countryside or a long walk can help you to feel better about yourself, while also shedding a few calories.
It doesn’t have to be heart-pumping activities. Why not try yoga, swimming or something similar? It could help you feel more of those positive vibes.
Watch what you eat
In the cold winter months, it’s hard not to plough into the biscuit or chocolate box or to eat carb-loaded foods, but be careful what you eat. If you speak to the experts, they’ll tell you that fresh fruit and vegetables should be a staple part of your daily diet.
However, this doesn’t mean that your meals have to be boring. There’s loads of inspiration out there on the web and the TV for healthy foods. Check out some blogs as well. You never know, you may also find some hidden culinary talents inside you!
Don’t overdo the alcohol
Drinking alcohol in the cold, winter months is also a temptation for many (everything in moderation of course).
It doesn’t always have to be a glass of wine, a pint of beer, or a shot of whisky. Why not think about creating your own healthy drinks? Smoothies can be a great way to add fruit and vegetables to your daily intake, and also a great way to use up any fruit leftover. So, grab some strawberries and bananas, and get whizzing the blender!
Get expert help
If you become depressed or begin to suffer any winter-related illnesses or conditions, then you should consider seeing your doctor. During the cold months, things like flu can be particularly prevalent. Also, keep an eye on older relatives, for example, which may be more susceptible to becoming ill during the winter. Make sure they are warm and eating well.
If in doubt, visit your medical centre, or hospital if appropriate. Remember, your family doctor can help with everything from prescribing medication to helping to arrange hospice care.
Don’t feel alone
If you’re struggling to get through the cold months, don’t feel like you are alone. Get your whole family or your house-mates involved in eating healthily – and getting some exercise. It will help bring a smile to your face when it’s dull and grey outside.