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Winter Wellness Rituals

February 1, 2021 • Fenny Peiffer

Winter Wellness Rituals

Depending on where you are in the world, chances are you’re cranking up the heat, and seeking refuge under a warm blanket, living on hot soup, and perhaps a Netflix marathon. This time of year is dead of winter at its peak, and New Year resolutions that promised a brisk walk, and lots of salads might be fizzling out as our bodies brave the cold. The good news is that going strong with your wellness resolutions can easily be done in the great indoors with some simple modifications.

During the summer when we crave lighter foods, the opposite is true during winter when the body actually needs warm cooked foods to regulate body temperature, and feel satiated. It’s easy to incorporate vegetables into your diet by way of hot soups, and warm salads made with grains, proteins, and roasted vegetables. Does market produce looking sad? Choose veggies like parsnips, winter squash, rutabaga, or leafy cabbages. Use warming spices to enhance digestion such as turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon.

Thanks to the internet, breaking a sweat at home is convenient, and in most cases free. YouTube has endless options for workouts especially for seniors who may need a low-impact option like yoga, pilates, or strength training. If your budget allows, investing in a stationary bike, treadmill or elliptical machine can be a great way to get in some cardio without braving the elements. Fancy workout gear isn’t required, but bright, stylish workout apparel can help get you motivated.

Stop, and smell the essential oils. If you can’t open the windows to air things out, diffusing oils in the home is a great way to freshen stagnant air and improve your mood. Oil diffusers are widely available, and some of the best blends to brighten winter days are citrus, refreshing peppermint, and eucalyptus oil. Wind down, and relax with lavender, ylang-ylang, or bergamot.

Stock up on immune-boosting supplements like vitamins C, B, and zinc, and stay hydrated with lemon-infused hot water, and herbal teas. Cold and flu season loves tired, stressed out folks, so be sure to get enough sleep, and practice stress reduction by meditating, reading a book, or cuddling up with a furry companion.

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