Get through the cold dark days by following these 5 Tips for Winter Wellness! Simple steps to keep you feeling great and ready to take on the day!
This post is sponsored by Traditional Medicinals. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
With winter comes shorter days, freezing temperatures, and gross germs. I’m here to share 5 tips for winter wellness. These are simple things that you can start today and could actually do all year round.
5 TIPS FOR WINTER WELLNESS
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1. Wash Hands with Soap & Water
The best way to prevent catching a cold or any other sickness is to wash your hands with soap and warm water. You learned it in kindergarten and it all still applies. Wet your hands, lather with soap, rub hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds, and then rinse and dry.
Proper washing removes the germs from your hands so that they are not then able to enter your body through eyes, nose, or mouth which we touch often without even noticing. It also prevents the spread of germs to objects or food that others would then touch or eat.
Hands should be washed before eating and preparing food, after using the restroom, and upon returning home from being out in public.
2. Get Adequate Sleep
Sleep allows your body to rest, restore, and rebuild. Studies have found that those who don’t get enough sleep have high levels of inflammation, which preoccupies your immune system. As tempting as it is to stay up late and binge watch your favorite Netflix show, sleep should be your first priority. One of my favorite way to ease into bedtime is with Nighty Night tea, which helps you relax and get a good night’s sleep.* Check out our previous post Establishing an Effective Bedtime Routine to learn more.
3. Take Care of Yourself
Herbal tea is a great ally to have at the ready for warding off winter’s chill and supporting your winter wellness needs. Throat Coat by Traditional Medicinals is a particular tea that supports throat health.* It is sweet and silky with a distinct licorice taste. It contains the inner bark from slippery elm trees that have played an important role in Native American herbal medicine for hundreds of years. This herb is very soothing to the throat. It is sourced from the Midwest, where families collect the bark sustainably by hand to protect the trees for future generations.
Traditional Medicinals works to use organically farmed or organically wild-collected, and medicinal-grade herbs, for high-quality herbal teas that deliver the benefits of the amazing plants.
You can easily find Traditional Medicinals teas at a store near you. I pick mine up at our local Walmart!
4. Consume Adequate amounts of Vitamin C
Vitamin C plays a role in maintaining a healthy immune system something we could all use during this time of year. There have been many studies of the effects of vitamin C on colds and while the findings are inconsistent, there have been studies showing positive results of decreasing symptoms in those who are already in good physical condition.
Foods like fruits and vegetables have high amounts of vitamin C, particularly citrus fruits, bell peppers, kiwi, strawberries, broccoli, kale, and tomatoes. Pack in more vitamin C with a Blackberry Blood Orange Salad or Strawberry Orange Smoothie.
5. Stay Active
As hard as it is to stay motivated to exercise during the cold dark months, it is still just as important. Moderate exercise increases the circulation and flow of blood that carries immune cells throughout the body, supporting your body’s immune health during this season when it is especially important. It also helps to reduce stress.
Enjoy winter and support your wellness needs by following these simple tips of proper hand washing, getting adequate sleep, taking care of yourself, consuming vitamin C, and staying active.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
More of my best tips to take care of yourself
- Establishing an Effective Bedtime Routine
- 7 Habits for Better Sleep
- Improve Your Gut Health with 5 Simple Changes