Thank you to our Wellness Partner Emma Sutherland for this great article.
How to Stay Beautifully Well This Winter, Avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder
Winter is certainly not everyone’s favourite time of year.
With colder days, longer nights and a higher prevalence of seasonal chills and sniffles, it’s a period during which many of us can end up feeling drained and worn out.
However, a seasonal slump is not inevitable, and winter can be a great time to work on getting fit and healthy.
The following tips are just a few ways you can get through the chillier months in one piece:
It’s amazing how staying active can help fend off a whole host of ailments, and a cooler climate is not an excuse to ease up on our exercise regimes.
In fact, winter can be a great relief for those who dislike the heat of summer and can be a great time to exercise in relative comfort.
For those who struggle to find motivation, joining a team or club can be a great way to build up a routine and make new friends.
Which brings us on to the next point…
Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) is a common mental health issue that can come about during winter when days are shorter and the sun shines less brightly in the sky.
Social interaction is a great antidote to this often overlooked issue so, if you’re feeling low, call a friend or get out into the community.
EAT PLENTY OF FRUIT AND VEG
For those who want to stay healthy, winter should not be a time for overindulgence.
Eating plenty of fruit, veg, and complex carbohydrates is a good way to take in good nutrients and make sure your immune system is at the top of its game.
What’s more, winter is a great time for certain types of produce and can inspire delicious recipes.
See below for a sample recipe:
HEALTHY WINTER RECIPE: KALE AND BROCCOLI SALAD
Kale and broccoli thrive during winter months, and come together to make a delicious and undeniably healthy salad. The dish is incredibly easier to put together, and you will only need a few ingredients. These include:
- 1 bunch of kale with the stalks removed
- A small head of broccoli
- 2 small apples (unpeeled)
- A selection of mixed sprouts (chickpeas and onions would do nicely)
- Sunflower and sesame seeds
- Small cup of mint
To make: (Simple)
- Dry roast the sesame and sunflower seeds and set to the side
- Roughly chop the kale, shave the broccoli, and cut the apples into small sticks
- Rub the kale between your fingers to soften it, and mix it in with the broccoli, mint and apple. Toss in with your favourite dressing, add the seeds, and serve.