If you’re anything like me at the moment, you are ready to snuggle down under the duvet with the alarm set for spring. While we battle through and try to keep to the same pace, the animal kingdom knows a thing or two about self care as their body clock is telling them to slow down and slumber through the cold winter months.
How to care for your mind and well-being this autumn
It’s hard to relax when we naturally tense our bodies up in the cold and biting winds. This is an important to make time to take care of yourself, get cosy and allow your mind and body to be calm. Wrap up warm and try to enjoy winters natural beauty rather than pining for spring and summer. Embrace the shorter days through fresh eyes as the days unfold. Take photos of a winter scene to see how it changes over the weeks and months to see it with a new charm.
Visualisation and mindfulness for self care
When we are apart from loved one’s visualisation and mindfulness can help to calm the anxiety and stress of missing our friends and family. Sit or lay down quietly and visualise the someone who has been a support to you and feel their love and warmth the embrace and wrap yourself in that love(1).
Foods to stock up on
Eating certain foods can help to improve your mood and also your natural immunity. Protein is essential in your diet as it provides the building blocks for the immune system. You can quickly increase your protein levels by adding Protein Smoothie, it has 21 grams of organic pea protein per serving along with healthy fibre and a prebiotic.
Eat fresh fruit and vegetables to get a healthy dose of vitamin C. Don’t just think of citrus fruit as peppers, green vegetables and berries all have a high content of this cold busting nutrient.
Everything is about gut health at the moment. One essential to supporting a healthy gut is to consume fermented foods. They’re packed with ‘good bacteria’ which is a vital part of our immune system. You’ll find drinks such as kombucha and kefir are packed with good bacteria. Add Immune Complex, it’s crammed with that gut loving bacteria, beta-glucans, vitamin D3 and a host of other ingredients to promote immunity.
Step your skin care routine
It’s a great time to invest in your skin with your favourite moisturiser and stay hydrated to prevent dry patches and inflammation. Drink plenty of water or herb teas to help skin stay moist. The combination of central heating and harsh weather can be particularly damaging for the complexion at this time of year. Collagen Shots and Aliol, our vegan omega 3 both work wonders by moisturising the skin from the inside out.
Keep up exercise levels for immunity health
It’s easy to skip going for a run or you might not be able to go to the gym depending upon lockdown restrictions. Try yoga or an online HIIT class, exercise is good for your body and promotes the wellbeing of your mind.
Most of all be kind to yourself and take life at a pace that feels right for you.