Now we are experiencing winter,
we need to think about supporting our immune
system to build more resilience
to colds, flu, and viruses.
And as much as our body has
it’s own immunity we need to support it
with good choices
During the cold months try to eat an abundance of red and green vegetables and fruits giving your body nutrients and antioxidants. Think of having a few days of eating vegetarian meals to really increase your intake.
Supplementing your diet in winter may be necessary to assist your immunity particularly look at adding Vitamin C and Zinc.
Buying or making your own herbal infusion or Tisane made with fresh or dried flowers, fruit, leaves, seeds, or roots to use the herbs for specific therapeutic purposes. Drinking these ensures we stay hydrated
Recognise and manage your stress levels – a super-easy way for us to keep an eye on our stress levels is by looking at the bridge of our nose. (between the eyes). If you see lots of little fine lines this is an indication that your stress level is high. By keeping an eye on this area we can readjust our lifestyle and keep our body and mind balance.
Be out in the sun for 10 minutes a day, this will help to maintain your Vitamin D levels, which will help mood, but also important for heart and bone health.
Winter is a time where we like to be indoors and we also have a tendency to retreat within ourselves, coupling this with environmental elements, and our skin is left looking and feeling drier. Nourishing your skin is what your skincare routine should be focussing on. Layering your products is the perfect solution to give your skin extra nourishment (especially at night). Apply your moisturising oil then layer your cream over the top or treat yourself to a beautiful face massage by mixing your moisturising cream and oil in the palm of your hand and give yourself a few minutes to firmly and lovingly massage. Exfoliate only once a week but mask your skin often.
The Gratitude Shower –
We all find the time to shower. ..and it’s one of the few times that we’re doing only one thing. It’s our time and a great time to express positive grateful thoughts…clean our minds and bodies at the same time. Instead of going over what has happened or forward planning – bring your mind to being grateful.
“Benefits associated with gratitude include better sleep, more exercise, reduced symptoms of physical pain, lower levels of inflammation, lower blood pressure and a host of other things we associate with better health,”
The limits to gratitude’s health benefits are really in how much you pay attention to feeling and practicing gratitude “It’s very similar to working out, in that the more you practice, the better you get,” Fox said. “The more you practice, the easier it is to feel grateful when you need it.”
An expert in the science of gratitude and head of program design, strategy, and outreach at the USC Performance Science Institute.
Here are some examples to get you started –
hot running water • the products you use • your muscles to keep your body strong • your lovely bathroom • you have your hair coloured or cut • your day’s activity
Treat Yourself Well