Five ways to prepare your body (and your mind) for this cold season
The colder days are upon us, with a higher risk of getting sick and feeling blue. Let’s be kind to ourselves and take extra care of our bodies and mind.
Below, some of our top tips:
1. Increase your vitamin D intake.
Vitamin D is crucial for maintaining a healthy immune system. There are three primary sources of vitamin D: sunlight, food, and supplements. During autumn and winter, it is essential to ensure that you get adequate vitamin D, especially if you live in a region with less sunlight (hello, Netherlands!). Foods high in vitamin D include fatty fish, eggs, dairy products, soy milk, mushrooms, and fortified cereals.
2. Go outside.
We know that the weather might not be the most encouraging at times. Still, the combination of fresh air, sunlight, and movement can do wonders – and make us happier, too! If you work from home or at the office, take a walk outside after lunch or whenever possible. Invite a colleague, or put some music on your ear phones and enjoy the moment.
3. Exercise regularly - and enjoy it.
Exercise is a great way to boost your immune system and stay healthy, but it shouldn’t be stressful or an obligation. Find an activity you like, something that sparkles joy – quoting Marie Kondo. It’s all about balance.
4. Get enough sleep.
Whether we’re learning something new or just trying to remember things from earlier, sleep plays a crucial role. Unfortunately, because of our FOMO (a.k.a. fear of missing out), we often sacrifice sleep to keep up with everything else. When we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies and minds become more vulnerable to exhaustion. So, it’s okay to take a break and hit the hay for 7-8 hours every night. Your body and mind will thank you for it. Really.
5. Eat a healthy diet.
A healthy diet is always essential but crucial during colder months. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will give your body the nutrients it needs to fight off undesirable viruses and infections. You should also limit processed foods, sugary drinks, and unhealthy fats. Think about salads, soups, and hearty meals with herbs and spices, bringing the well-deserved warmth this season asks for.