3 Steps to Winter Wellness

Paige A. Mitchell

Winter is a wonderful season in many parts of the world—snowflakes, hot chocolate, getting cozy in front of a roaring fire, taking lots of naps. Here in Southern California though, we have it easy. The temperature rarely drops to uncomfortable levels and all you usually need is a light jacket to enjoy the crisp air.

But winter can also take a toll on everyone’s mental wellness, no matter your locale. In terms of wellness, there are family dynamics are tested during the holidays, it can be easy to lose energy as we have a tendency to lounge more in winter, and we all set New Year goals that aren’t attainable or sustainable. If this sounds like you, here are some ways to stay healthy and be well this winter.

1. Keep moving

It’s tempting to stay in pajamas all weekend, to plan brunch with friends instead of attending your morning yoga session, and to feel tired with the lack of daylight in winter. However, keeping up with a workout routine if you have one, or establishing one if you don’t, is a great way to reduce stress, increase energy, and ensure a healthy winter season. By all means, go to brunch, we’re not about to keep you away from your eggs benedict, but perhaps consider going for a hike first, or playing some frisbee at the park with your dog.

2. Balance social events with “me” time

If you’re an introvert, you may be completely fine with spending day after day by yourself after work. But after a while, we all need to get out of the house and socialize with other people. Plan to spend at least one night a week in a social setting. If you don’t feel like going out, you could even have some people over to watch a favorite TV show or play games. It can be as low key as you want and could even prove to be a relaxing part of your week.

On the other hand, if you’re an extrovert and usually thrive on being around lots of other people, schedule at least one night a week alone to recharge. Draw a hot bath (use a luxurious bath bomb or face mask if you’d like), play some soothing music, journal, or watch a movie. It may seem boring at first, but after a few weeks you may come to enjoy the ritual. Booking a chakra session or a reiki facial at Creative Chakra Spa will rejuvenate your soul as a special retreat and walk on the quiet beach or lagoon after.

3. Take special care of your body

Germs abound in the winter when it seems like everyone around you is coughing and sneezing or sniffling to some degree. Go back to the basics of washing your hands frequently, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and avoiding work and public places when you yourself are sick. Book a lymphatic massage and private infra-red sauna at Creative Chakra Spa which helps cleanse the whole body and pull the toxins out of the fat cells. The infra-red sauna is comfortable and heart healthy, as well as purifying the lungs. You only a sweat 20 mins into the session and it is quite a sweat! You may also want to take a multivitamin, supplemented with a big dose of vitamin C and D, and perhaps try some elderberry to buffer your immune system. If you feel the flu coming on, be gentle with yourself and work in some extra self-care to your routine. Take a good look around your house for culprits of sickness too. Dirty HVAC filters could be affecting the air quality at home while hard water could lead to dry skin and breakouts. Try the vitamin C showers after your session at Creative Chakra Spa, the skin is the largest organ on your body and vitamin C promotes collagen growth and healthy hair.

With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to staying well during the winter and blossoming in the spring.