Winter Wellness Woes & Natural Ways to Tackle Them

Wellness is a widely used term. The dictionary defines it as,
‘The quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort’.

Looking after the wellness of body and mind in winter, for not only yourself but your family too, requires ongoing energy.

But you shouldn’t have to feel like the colder months are an uphill battle for wellness. Here are a few simple and natural ways to tackle those common winter wellness woes.

Winter Wellness Woe 1: Your Family’s Battling Cold and Flu Season

Living in close confines (especially with kids) means if one of you catches a bug, there’s a good chance all of you are getting it!

Preventative methods such as washing hands will give you a fighting chance of not getting ill. However, if you do become sick, you need to ensure you’re listening to your body first and foremost. This means your body will be telling you to rest. As hard as this can be, rest is the key part of your wellness, allowing your body to focus all its energy on fighting the bug. Drinking plenty of water will keep your body hydrated to better fight the infection also.

If you’re experiencing nasal congestion or have a tough cough, try Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil to remedy your ailments. Or sink into a steaming tub of Rescue Bath Salts that have been historically proven to ease aches and pains.

Winter Wellness Woe 2: Feeling Seasonally Sluggish

Cold temperatures don’t do much for motivation. Whether it’s driving rain or minus double digits, you can be pardoned for not feeling particularly inspired or enthused during winter.

Inactivity can impact both your physical and mental wellness and a long winter can leave you feeling sluggish and unmotivated for an extended period. One of the simplest and most effective changes you can make is to what you eat!

We love to live by the colourful food rule, and it’s pretty simple to follow; the bigger variety of food colour on your plate, the better! Health Canada recommends choosing at least one dark green vegetable (spinach, kale, broccoli) and one orange fruit or vegetable (carrot, sweet potato, mango, nectarine) each day.

These types of foods are full of vitamin A, which is an amazing natural source for maintaining healthy immune function as well as glowing skin.

Staying active will also work wonders for kicking lethargy to the curb. Get inspired with these simple ways to get sweating this winter.

Winter Wellness Woe 3: Persistent Dry Skin

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It’s also your body’s front-line defense against environmental factors such as biting cold temperatures.

Cold weather can mean a lack of humidity in the air which results in persistent dry skin. A lengthy winter can leave you with a continuous battle to tackle the problem and a need to pour natural moisture back into your skin.

Maintaining a regular intake of water is a sure way to help your body retain moisture. It also will give you a big helping hand in boosting motivation and overcoming mental fatigue!

In a recent blog, we highlighted the benefits of dry brushing. The simple routine promotes lymphatic drainage which helps your body release toxins. Take a read here. Follow up any exfoliating routine with a nourishing lotion that'll help moisturize and soften any dry, itchy patches.

Winter is wonderful to embrace. From crisp mornings and snowy evenings to seeing the low hanging sun cast long shadows over neighbourhoods and fields. Tackle those wellness woes head on and enjoy everything there is about our amazing winters.

Originally published January 26, 2017

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