The temperatures are dropping, the fires are roaring and sweater weather is in full swing. But with all the fun that winter brings (hot cocoa, snow forts and savory comfort foods), it can also take a large toll on our mental and physical health. The shorter, darker days can leave us feeling more tired and sluggish than usual, making it harder to prioritize our health and well-being. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to set yourself up for a healthier, happier year. Keep reading for a few easy winter health tips that will help you thrive this season and beyond.
1. De-Stress with a Weighted Blanket
Feeling extra anxious and on-edge lately? Make the coming year one of calm and comfort by treating yourself to a premium-quality weighted blanket. Scientifically proven to improve sleep and alleviate anxiety, these therapeutic blankets are engineered to relax the nervous system and make you feel like you're sleeping in a cozy cocoon all night long. The end result is less stress and better sleep, which in turn leads to a happier outlook.
2. Move Your Body Every Day
We love the idea of riding out the cold weather in a cozy blanket as much as the next person, but that doesn’t mean you should hibernate all winter long. Even though the temperatures are plummeting, you can still get outside and reap the benefits of a cold-weather workout. Can’t bring yourself to exercise in cold weather? Download a home workout app on your phone and get moving indoors.
3. Invest in a Humidifier
When you crank up the thermostat, the humidity levels in your home naturally start to dip. As a result, the indoor air can become much drier than usual, leading to dry skin, cracked lips, nosebleeds, infections and dehydration, among other health problems. Humidifiers are an easy way to put moisture back into the air, alleviating many health issues along with it. Just be sure to give your humidifier a good cleaning every week to prevent bacterial growth!
4. Make the Most of Winter Fruits and Vegetables
Winter may call for hearty soups and pasta dishes, but there’s still plenty of room on your plate for seasonal fruits and vegetables. Winter superstars like cauliflower, broccolini, squash, citrus fruits and cranberries can add healthy flavors to your meals and — with the right recipes — rival that of your favorite comfort foods. (You can’t tell us that caramelized sweet potatoes and balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts don’t sound mouth-watering!)
5. Get Better Sleep — Avoid Artificial Light at Bedtime
Out of all the possible things that can disrupt your sleep, artificial light is arguably one of the sneakiest. Bright lights at night not only suppress melatonin production (the hormone that helps you dip into a peaceful slumber), but are also linked to obesity and depressed mood.
To limit your exposure to artificial light in the evening, reach for a weighted sleep mask at bedtime. In addition to creating pitch-black darkness, our weighted masks are uniquely designed to target key pressure points on the face for ultimate stress relief.
6. Add Some Greenery
Houseplants are more than a home décor trend. They’re also great for our health. Beyond adding dimension to our living spaces, houseplants can remove pollutants from the air, improve our mental well-being and even boost our productivity. So, if you’re tired of the bleak winter view out of your window, start livening up your space with some lush greenery!
7. Carve Out Time for Self-Care
Practicing self-care can be difficult, especially in the winter when our motivation and energy levels are at an all-time low. But oftentimes, winter is when we need self-care the most. So, try to look for small ways to incorporate self-care into your daily winter routine. This could be anything from wearing cozy socks in the evening to wrapping yourself in a luxurious weighted robe after you step out of the shower. Repeat after us: Self-care doesn’t need to be complicated!
8. Boost Your Vitamin D Intake
Vitamin D is critical for healthy bones, immune function and mood regulation. Unfortunately, many people have vitamin D deficiencies that can get even worse in the wintertime. To ensure that your vitamin D levels don’t dip too low, aim to get outside for 10 to 20 minutes each day and load your plate with vitamin D-rich foods, like fatty fish and fortified cereals.
Setting Yourself Up for a Healthy, Happy Year
When cold weather arrives, our motivation to take good care of ourselves can take a nosedive. But with these easy winter health tips, you can get back on track and make this year your healthiest one yet!