Holistic Health Tips: 5 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy Through Winter

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Holistic health is an approach to wellness giving you complete care that addresses physical, emotional, and social well-being for an all-around healthy life. Warmies wants you to get through winter without the sniffles, so we're giving you 5 simple ways to stay healthy! From fortifying your immune system to the cozy secrets of quality sleep and the soothing power of lavender, these holistic health tips help you thrive all season long. 

1. Magic of Rest: Sleep Your Way to Health

The importance of sleep is no secret, not only for physical health but mental health as well. My Mind: Centre for Mental Wellbeing shared the significance of rest, explaining that during various sleep cycles, the body and mind undergo repairs, fuel up, and process the experiences of the previous day. The amount of sleep needed varies from person to person, but as a general guideline, adults should aim for a minimum of 7 hours to maintain optimal health. If you are someone who struggles to fall or stay asleep, we understand! Below are a few tricks to falling asleep faster and getting more quality shut eye. 

  • Set a Sleep Schedule: Go to sleep and wake up around the same time each day. 
  • Bedtime Routine: Opt for screen-free activities like a warm bath or shower, meditation, or reading, as this signals your brain that it is time to sleep. 
  • Set The Scene: Keep your bedroom dark and cool for more quality rest.  
  • Get Cozy: While your bedrooms should be cool, your bed should be cozy! Consider placing a heating pad under your sheets before you snuggle in. 

Pro tip: Lay a Warmies Heart Heat Pad on your chest as you doze off. They are weighted for comfort and scented with lavender to reduce anxiety helping you fall asleep faster.

2. Love Lavender: A Stress-Reducing Scent-sation

Stress can do a number on the body and harm our immune systems' ability to fend off sickness. There are plenty of holistic ways to defend against colds and flu, and one of the most powerful is lavender. Beyond its delightful aroma, this mood-boosting scent has remarkable antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender not only aids in creating a peaceful atmosphere but can help you unwind and relax, providing a holistic shield for your well-being during the colder months.

3. Healthy Hydration: Sip Smartly!

When the weather turns cool, it’s easy to forget to drink enough water. Beyond combating winter dryness, your body needs water to flush out the toxins and waste from enjoying seasonal eats that often contain high levels of sugar and protein. But how much water should you be drinking per day? It depends on your weight, but typically, men should drink around 3.5 liters (15 cups) and women 2.7 liters (12 cups) of liquid. The good news is this does not mean you have to spend your day downing ice-cold water, herbal tea, low-sugar beverages, and coffee count toward your total intake-- just be mindful of the caffeine!

4. Nutrient-Rich Diet: You Really Are What You Eat

It's not just a saying– diet plays a critical role in your overall health. During the holidays, it is natural to want to indulge in the seasonal delights, and living well doesn’t mean swapping cookies for kale. Instead of thinking of it as an either-or, have both! One easy way to do this is by incorporating nutrient-rich foods first thing in the morning: make a delicious smoothie with vibrant citrus fruits or cook a scramble with fresh veggies and leafy greens. This boosts your body's defenses by getting enough vitamins and minerals, strengthening your immune system while still enjoying plenty of sweet treats.

5. Quality Time: The Healthy Power of Connections

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Harvard Health wrote that social connections influence our long-term health, writing that it is “...as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking.” There is a lot of evidence to suggest that healthy relationships lead to stronger immune systems, so in a time when it’s easy to feel isolated, set times to put away the screens and get out with those you love. Plan a family day trip, take your grandparents to the mall, or have a game night with friends. Spending time with and caring for loved ones fires stress-reducing hormones and may even help you live longer!

Experiencing The Wintertime Blues? 

Staying healthy is not just about our physical health, but our mental health as well. If you have been experiencing sleep issues, lethargy, irritability, or symptoms of depression, it could be due to Seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) It is most common in the fall and winter months when the days are shorter with less sunlight. If you're struggling it is essential you speak with a healthcare provider who can help you find therapies and treatments. One that has been shown effective in keeping warm, whether it be drinking hot tea or wearing cozy socks such as Warmies microwavable slippers. Having a warm environment may help manage S.A.D. and cut your winter blues in half.

Goodbye Sniffles, Hello Wellness! 

We hope these holistic health tips can serve as your go-to guide for a thriving season. Shop Warmies for winter wellness helpers to keep you and your family happy and healthy.