By Gluco Ambassador Holly Matthews – wellness coach and Mum
Anyone that follows me across social media is well aware that I am rubbish with the cold weather. I spend most of my day trying to keep warm and the rest of the day wrapped in a blanket, with a hot water bottle and drinking tea.
However, I do like the fact that in the UK we have changing seasons (I’d rather not have them all in one day though, UK weather!) as I like the variation it brings and the different types of natural beauty in every one.
During these darker, colder months we do have to adapt and make sure we are looking after ourselves properly though and in this article, I shall share my top tips on surviving the winter months
OH BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE…
Embrace the winter wardrobe and rock your big warm jumper, hats and scarves. Pull the warm boots out, the ear muffs and keep warm stylishly.
Make sure to wrap those kids of yours up too, if yours are anything like mine they will do anything in their power to not wear their warm clothes (because they don’t always feel the cold the same as we do) but they need to wrap up too.
If you see me this winter, expect to see only two eyes, as I’ll be draped in warmth and pretty much wearing everything I own.
It’s not that we need more sleep in winter, but the change in light does mess with our sleep patterns and we often find it trickier to wake up in the morning.
The truth is, we are all chronically under sleeping and so if you can squeeze in an extra hour somewhere, do it!
Enjoy the natural winter slow down and make going to bed a calming experience. Try essential oils, candles, and low lighting to help you relax before bedtime and aim to be off social media an hour before bedtime.
OK, OK, I hear you, the last thing you want to do is get out jogging, or drag your cold and sleepy backside down to the gym, but I promise you will feel (and look) better if you do.
Try some indoor exercises and treat yourself to a sauna afterwards if you’re at the gym. You could also do some more wintery sports, like ice skating (which I shall be doing with my girls) and even just some dancing around your front room for half an hour (which again if you have kids they will either love or be highly embarrassed at your dance moves!)
Click here for some top group workouts to try to help keep you motivated from Lucy Boggis.
EMBRACE THE WINTER VIBE
It’s not summer anymore, it’s cold and you need to embrace it. Get your winter vibe on and do all things wintery. If it’s snowing get out and have snowball fight and build a snowman, go out with friends and drink cinnamon lattes, gather round a warm fire with a hot chocolate watching classic films. Look for all the lovely points that winter brings with it.
You aren’t going to be getting the right amount of Vitamin D during those winter months and so it may be worth supplementing this to help with your mood.
We also tend to feel a little sluggish and so what you put into your body is key.
Try not to reach straight for the naughty carbs and a big fat coffee to power you through, but choose some healthier snacks and some Gluco Tabs for that afternoon lull. I changed my 4 coffee’s a day intake to 1 coffee and Gluco Tabs earlier in the year and I feel a lot better for it.
There are so many lovely wintery meals to make and you can pack them full of seasonal veg to give you that extra boost.
Plus, there is nothing better than enjoying a meal with friends, catching up over a casserole and putting the world to rights.
Winter has a natural slow down and is a more contemplative and restful season. Make sure to enjoy this and to take time to look after yourself and do things that feel good. Here are some ideas to help you get out and about and feel inspired during the winter months.