How to Cope with the Winter MonthsPhoto by freestocks.org on Unsplash

I don’t know if it’s because I was born in June, but I am definitely a summer person. The longer days make me feel energised and I’m never happier than when the sun is shining. I always joke to the kids that I’m solar powered, but I think there’s a little bit of truth to it. When autumn and winter roll around, I tend to retreat from the world a bit, which isn’t always healthy for me, physically or mentally.

This year, I’ve decided to try to do things differently, and I’m putting together a plan of action for keeping myself from slipping into unhealthy habits, and I thought I’d share some of them with you today:

Healthier Sleep Habits

I have a terrible habit of hibernating when the nights get longer, which means sticking my pyjamas on almost as soon as we get home from the school run, and doing way too much dozing on the sofa. I’m planning to have a set bedtime so that I get a proper 8 hours a night, and I’ll be cutting back on the coffee. I’ll definitely drift off easier with Snooze, a non-caffeinated drink designed for bedtime.

Eat Well

Our dinners are always different in winter – gone are salads and cold food and in come stews, casseroles and other warming slow-cooker suppers. As well as avaoiding junk, I’ll be making sure we get a good variety of different veg in our diets to make sure our iron and vitamin levels stay up.

Exercise

The motivation to exercise doesn’t come easily to me, and it’s always worse on cold or rainy days, but Maureen still needs to be walked even when the weather is bad. Instead of doing one long, epic walk a day, I’ll break it up into two smaller walks so that she and I are still getting plenty of time outside but it doesn’t feel like so much of a slog as doing it all at once!

Stay Hydrated

I’m very guilty of forgetting to drink water in the winter. I drink loads in the summer because I’m hot and get thirsty, but I do tend to forget when it’s cold outside. We’ve just got a fridge with a water dispenser, so I’m hoping that this will help me to remember to drink more. Dehydration can cause muscle cramps, headache, lightheadedness, sleepiness and a lack of tear production. When the eyes stop producing tears, they are no longer properly lubricated, which can lead to dry eye, eye strain and vision problems.

Take a Multivitamin

We always strive for a balanced diet, but getting plenty of vitamins and monerals is especially important in winter, not least of all to bolster your immune system against nasty winter viruses. Make sure you get one which contains zinc and vitamin D as these are often the ones which are most depleted during the winter months. Viruses, such as the common cold, are more likely to strike during the winter months so zinc’s immune system support can decrease your risk of being struck down with the illness.