The temperatures are almost freezing, the days are short and grey and one would like to cuddle up at home and never leave the house again. Moreover, the next outbreak of the common cold probably won’t be long in coming and one feels worn out and depressive. We will reveal how you can counteract your winter blues in the following:
Even though it costs quite an effort to go outside when it is cold and snowy, it is definitely worth it! Only if you spend a bit of time outside everyday and go for a short walk, your body can get used to the freezing temperatures and the icy weather. Aside from that, the fresh air will stimulate your circulation and as a consequence your winterly lethargy will soon be a thing of the past. Sport and movement can additionally keep you fit and will strengthen your immune system. Moreover, small sportive successes boost your happiness hormones and thereby declare war on your winter blues! But also enough sleep and resting periods are important for your body. So do not hesitate to grant yourself a time-out in a wellness oasis occasionally.
Nothing is more effective than a vitamin-rich diet if you want to prevent catching a cold. You could for instance start your day with a delicious porridge and a green smoothie, consisting of kale, spinach, apples, dates and lemons. Especially for vegetarians, this healthy vitamin bomb contains essential minerals. Also beetroot, carrots, fruits, whole grain products and nuts give you a direly needed nutrient boost! In case that the vegetable shelves should not be so well equipped – also frozen vegetables contain much more vitamins than you would expect. Directly after blanching, it gets blast-frozen and thereby keeps the majority of its nutrients. A healthy and balanced diet additionally provides for a good mood and will bring you fit and merry through the winter. Aside from that, you should take care of not letting dry out your mucosae which can easily happen during the cold season and which favours illnesses. Drinking much, especially hot beverages as well as air dampers can counteract that.