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Top 10 Ways To Stay Healthy This Winter

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Top 10 Ways To Stay Healthy This Winter

It seems that no matter how well I plan to take it easy during the holidays, I still end up feeling exhausted when they’re over. Even though I managed to avoid the malls and holiday traffic all together, it seems that even the cooking and laughing and staying up late are enough to leave me feeling drained.

Even though the holidays will officially be over after we ring in the New Year, winter has only just begun. The cold temperatures and lack of sunshine that occur during the winter have a considerable impact on our well-being, particularly since Jack Frost brings unwanted presents with him: the flu and dampened moods.

But winter doesn’t have to zap your energy or pit you against this season’s new hard-to-beat bug. Stay well all winter long by following the action points below, suggested by health and well-being blogger, Alicia Benjamin.

Thankfully, for those of us who feel like we’ll never have the motivation to get back to our normal routine, these small actions only take a few minutes, or seconds, to do.

1. Eat one dark green vegetable every day. Dark green veggies contain minerals like iron and vitamins like A, C, K, and folate that your body needs to stay healthy. Instead of sticking with spinach, try something different like sautéed dandelion greens added to a stir-fry, or kale or Swiss chard added to a favorite stew or soup recipe.

2. Call a friend. Instead of hunkering down with Love Actually again during a snowstorm, give someone you haven’t seen in a while a call. Hearing a friend’s voice can boost your mood and socializing helps you feel connected to the people who matter most to you.

3. Take five. To combat feeling overwhelmed and rundown during the busy holiday season, take five minutes to close your eyes. Clear your mind of your to-do list (it can wait) and, instead, focus solely on your breathing. Rest your hands over your heart. Repeat in your mind or aloud a calming word, like “blue” or “ocean,” to help ease tension throughout your body. Try picturing yourself on a sunny beach; listen to the waves crash upon shore. Even though it’s not an actual vacation or a real respite from the freezing temps, visualization exercises can be very effective in promoting relaxation and boosting your mood.

4. Hide the remote. When the cold weather sets in, you may be tempted to curl up with a blanket and watch television. Instead, hide the remote so you’re forced to get up to change channels or adjust the volume. You can also challenge yourself by doing jumping jacks during commercial breaks. Little bursts of movement during your down time will ensure you’re getting much-needed activity during the hibernation months.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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1:27AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Thanks for Sharing.

10:03PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Thnx for this

6:00PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Ta.

3:31PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

I try to exercise during the winter months, mostly I walk so you have to do it whenever the weather .

6:34PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

I was born in Canada. Maybe that helps.

7:38PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Great ideas! More Vitamin D is definitely one I should be doing..and exercise really does help.

1:03AM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Get out there and fight it but wrap up warm

1:35PM PST on Jan 5, 2012

thanks great tips

3:38PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Thanks for posting.

2:16PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

I try to exercise in winter but I always eat too much!

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