This time of year can be a challenge for our health and wellbeing for many different reasons. Not only are the days longer, darker and colder but we often also find it more difficult to motivate ourselves to eat and exercise how we should for good physical and mental health.
During the winter months it is more important than ever to create a routine that is achievable and practical. There is no point in saying you are going to exercise each day at 0600 am before work when you could step outside and the weather is so bad that it’s just not feasible. Instead pick times, locations and environments that are practical and achievable over the entire winter. Choose clothing that is appropriate for the weather and always have back up clothing at your office or in the boot of your car that you can change into if you get cold or wet. There is nothing worse than wearing wet socks!
Sleep, don’t just aim to sleep for 8 hours per night, stick to a rigid routine that allows you to be in bed at the same time each night and wake where possible at the same time. Make sure your room is tidy, a comfortable temperature and has low lighting. Aim to keep your phone away from your bed or even better still use an alarm clock instead of the alarm on your phone.
The same mindset approach goes for your nutrition – be practical and be realistic by getting into a good food preparation routine that works during this time of year. Be conscious that you are not going to be as active in the evenings due to the dark evenings so your calorie needs are likely to be less. For this reason modify your portions to suit your needs. Also, eat foods that are nourishing and support your immune system to help fight off any potential colds or other illnesses.