10 TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY THIS WINTER
From bedtime rituals for better sleep to easy ways to keep your energy up, here are 10 simple ways to stay well this winter
Words: Emily Georgieva
Photography: Ellieelien, Kelsey Curtis, Sandi Benedicta, David Crumpton, Susan Wilkinson, Priscilla Du Preez, Brooke Cagle
21 December 2020
It is important to make time to take care of yourself especially during the winter months. When the weather gets harsher, knowing how to treat your skin and give your body the energy it needs can make all the difference. Our team made a list of tips that will help you feel healthier, happier and will keep your energy up tis winter. From coyzing up your home to bedtime rituals for better sleep and easy ways to make sure you are taking enough vitamins, here are 10 easy things you can do on daily basis that will help you stay well this winter.
Make your bed.
Make this a habit of yours if it isn't one already. Fixing your bed in the morning makes all the difference and it is a good way to make sure you have started the day right. It is a simple thing to do that will not only make your room look more spacious and tidy, but will also help you sleep better at night. You will wake up more energised and ready to welcome the new day.
There is nothing better than coming home after a long day and lightning up a candle. The house smells divine and it helps you relax so you can get ready for the evening. Use scented candles with softer tones to prepare your mind for resting. There is an unlimited choice when it comes to candles so have fun playing with the different scents until you find one that fits your style best. We reccomend shopping local and supporting independent artisian candle makers and their businesses.
Surround yourself with plants.
Are you a plant collector? Do you stop at plant shops everywhere you travel and your friends have to make you leave before you buy yet another cute cactus to add to your collection? We get that completely! Plants are friends and having plenty of them at home can only make you happier so make sure to include them in your interior design plans.
Take some time for yourself to relax and just destress. This year has been crazy so it is more than necessary to learn to enjoy taking time for yourself without feeling guilty about it. Wear cofortable clothes like oversized jumpers and shirts; make the time to read a book; allow yourself the pleasure of watching a good movie and make the most of your time at home.
Put screens away.
One of the most important things to consider when thinking about how to take better care of yourself is paying attention to your sleeping pattern. If you can, make a routine out of it. Waking up and going to bed at simillar time each day can make all the dfference. To make sure your brain takes into consideration the time, let your curtains or blinds down at least half an hour before you go to sleep to indicate to your brain that it is getting closer to bedtime.
Bake it yourself.
Make your own food at home to make sure you know what ingredients you are coooking or baking with. It is a fun way to play around with recipes and ensuring you eat a variety of foods for a balanced diet. Cooking and baking are also a cool family activity so get everybody to help out and enjoy a delicious homemade dish/cake.
Show some love.
This year has been particulary difficult when it comes to travelling and seeing family and friends. We understand that a lot of you might feel a bit exhausted from it all and the new regulations around Christmas don't make the situation easier to deal with. This is why, if you are lucky enough to have a pet or if you are living with your family, your best frind from university or your siblings, make sure to be present. Give love and surround yourself with it - be it through spending time with your loved ones or keeping in touch in the virtual space.
Use natural cosmetics.
Be gentle to your skin and put less products on it if possible. The harsh winter months are a great excuse to wear less make up and focus on bettering your skincare routine instead. The weather requires you to moisturise more often so make sure to use products that are nature-based without unneccessary ingredients such as paraben.
Enjoy what you eat.
While it is important to make sure you eat enough vegetables and fruits to strenghten your body and immune system, don't forget to also enjoy a dessert every now and then. The best thing abut winter is that it is known as a festive season and we can all take advantage of the small things in life that bring us happiness. Look up recipes that are both delicious, a bit healthier and more nutritious. Spoiling yourself with little things like that is always a good idea.
Keep it fresh.
To all the wine lovers - we see you and we salut you! There are numerous ways to make sure you are giving your body the vitamins it needs this winter. You can even add some yest to your wine with a slice of fruit and a delicious cheese and fruit platter to compliment your drink. Enjoying a nice glass of wine with friends has never tasted better.