This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my affiliate policy.
Last Updated on November 5, 2020
The winter season is often a mix of the blues and the holiday spirit. Between work, planning for the holidays, cooking, and taking care of your family, you are probably feeling burnt out. Despite your busy schedule, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally so that you feel motivated and good about yourself this winter season. Here are some tips.
Cook For Yourself
Cooking for yourself not only feels accomplishing, but it’s much healthier than eating out. Did you know that, excluding breakfast, the average American eats out 4.5 times per week? This seems extensive. Limiting takeout, fast food, and dining out will not only decrease the amount of unhealthy and preservative-filled foods you are eating, but you will feel physically healthier. Eating out often has you feeling bloated and extremely full, two feelings that are not all that pleasant.
Cooking at home can be easy if you choose. You can easily find recipes under 10 ingredients, recipes that complement diet restrictions, and recipes that involve using a crockpot. With these options, cooking at home has become a lot easier and a lot healthier if you make the effort to do so. Be sure to find healthy foods to enjoy this winter. With the abundance of heavy meals and treats enjoyed during the holiday season, it is good to balance them with healthier snacks and meals. Remember to consume foods with plenty of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to keep your body feeling healthy and rejuvenated all winter long.
A mentally healthy lifestyle includes treating yourself to things that make you happy. Almost 86% of people say receiving flowers makes them feel special, so why not buy yourself a bouquet for a dining room centerpiece or to put on your work desk? Flowers, candles, and candies do not need to be bought for you to be enjoyed. In fact, picking out gifts for yourself is a great form of self-care.
Get Some Exercise
Regularly exercising is a great way to maintain a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle. Whether you work out at home, the gym, your neighborhood, or a local park, getting up and moving is the best way to take a break from whatever task you are working on. Set down the TV remote, your laptop, and your pen. Instead, get outside and go for a walk by yourself, go for a hike with a friend, or do yoga in your living room. Whatever you may choose, any form of exercise is a great way to get your mind and body moving. Planning out your workouts or activities may be good if you like to keep an organized schedule for each day or week.
Find a Good Work Routine
If you are stuck at home for work this winter, it might be a good idea to find a routine to follow so you aren’t in your house all day. Working virtually requires self-discipline, motivation, and focus — three things you may be struggling to keep up with as the winter air gets colder and the sky gets darker.
When it comes to a workspace, find a well-lit area in your home and make it a space of your own. This may include adding decorations and colors to liven it up. If you’re stuck working on a computer all day, make sure your desk has other fun things to look at so you’re not always staring at your screen. Maintaining a balanced work area will allow your mental health to not be focused on work; instead, it’s just a part of what you’re doing during the day. Along with this, be sure to leave your desk and take breaks. Go outside for a few minutes, eat your lunch somewhere else in the house, call and catch up with a family member or friend, or color in a coloring book. Try not to look at other screens, such as your cell phone, during breaks you are taking from work. Keeping a healthy routine during the workday and beyond will help you feel like you accomplished something different and exciting each day.
Take Care of Your Body
While healthy eating and exercise are parts of taking care of your body, there are also other important avenues to consider. First, be sure you get a proper amount of sleep each night. If you don’t, you will feel sluggish, which especially won’t be good if you are working from home and want to maintain a healthy regular exercise routine. Second, be sure you are releasing stress from your body on a regular basis. This may mean you need to take a break from work and do something that will relax you. Whether it be yoga, meditation, listening to music, reading a book, or watching your favorite TV show, it’s important to release stress from your body. Not only will you be more productive, but your mental health will thank you for it.
Finding and appreciating time to take care of yourself will allow you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If the winter brings you down, be sure to set aside plenty of time for yourself. If the holidays make you feel like your eating habits are going to go down the toilet, then be sure to be conscious of what you’re putting in your body on a daily basis. Prioritize your mental and physical health this winter and enjoy the results.