Happy Friday babes!
It’s so cold out right now, so I figured it’s the perfect time to share my tips to make coping with the change in season a little happier & bearable!
It’s no secret that the change in season can sometimes be difficult with back to school/work, kids to take care of, routine to get into, snacks & meals to prepare & the harsh reality of the weather getting colder. Many people actually suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder as they make the transition & it can affect other areas of their life & make adapting that much harder.
Below I’ll share some of my tips & tricks for how I make the transition a bit easier. Keep in mind that these are the things that work for me & they may or may not work for you!
Vitamin D3/K2 supplement: Our bodies have a natural ability to produce vitamin D by absorbing sunlight but from October to April, that ability is diminished because of our lack of proximity to the equator, so it’s important to supplement. Vitamin D is crucial for mental stability, fighting depression/anxiety, seasonal affective/personality disorders, strong bones & immunity. BTW, vitamin D is also not the easiest vitamin to get from food, especially if you follow a plant-based diet.
I’m currently using the supplement by Thorne Research.
Get moving for at least 30 minutes a day: Cold weather means less time outside, which inevitably means less movement & makes us more inclined to stay in, watch TV & hibernate, so try to get in at least 30 min. of movement a day to keep the body & mind healthy, promote circulation, improve sleep, digestion & energy & take time to disconnect from the hustle & bustle of daily life!
Eat warm grounding & comforting foods & spices: I’m talking roasted root veggies/squash (contains vitamin D too!), anti-inflammatory turmeric & ginger & go local whenever possible; local food grows in your environment & will fuel you all the better because of that & anything anti-inflammatory will help with joint/muscle pain caused by the cold!
Incorporate body clarifying, blood purifying & detoxifying AM & daily rituals, i.e. beet juice, lemon water/aloe/chlorophyll, apple cider or green juice to support healthy pH levels & give you a boost of fire & energy!
With daylight saving’s time approaching, try to get your body into a circadian flow by going to bed & waking up earlier & try to get 6-8hrs. sleep; waking up early makes me much more productive & once it becomes a habit, it’s a lot easier than you think!
Use the change in season as an opportunity to assess where you are in life, how you feel & what’s working or isn’t for you; it’s the perfect time to try something new & take on a challenge to better yourself physically, mentally, socially &/or emotionally! Think winter white & opportunity for a fresh new blank slate, whatever that means to you!