Tips for Staying Healthy All Winter Long

Winter is finally here in our neck of the woods. The temps have dropped and snow is in the forecast. My hope and plan is to stay healthy all winter long, so I wanted to share my tips with you.

Tips for Staying Healthy All Winer Long

Get plenty of sleep – Our bodies need sleep – maybe even more in the winter. Sleeping is your body’s way of recovering from the day. You should aim for 7-9 hours each night. Personally I actually sleep better in the winter months, so this is an easy one for me. One thing that helps me is lavender essential oil either a few drops on my pillow or on my wrist.

Drink plenty of H2O – You may not be as thirsty in the winter as you are in the summer, but that doesn’t mean you should stop drinking water. Aim for 64+ ounces of water a day. Add lemon or lime to jazz it up. My favorite way to drink water is with lots of crushed ice and lemon essential oil.

Drink a warm “healing” drink – Personally I drink Thieves Tea, but you might choose green tea, chai tea, water with apple cider vinegar and honey, etc.

Stay away from germs – Fortunately at my office, if we are feeling sick, we can stay home and work. If you don’t have that option, make sure to wipe down/spray any common appliances/areas in your office. This could include the phone, keyboards, etc. On the flip side, if you are sick, stay home and rest.

Diffuse essential oils – I typically diffuse Thieves + Lemon all day long at my office. At home I diffuse Thieves + Citrus Fresh (for a slightly different smell). I also wear my new diffuser bracelet with Thieves on it.

Exercise – While I would truly love to just curl up by the fireplace, read and drink hot chocolate for the winter; my body needs to move. I am aiming for 2 strength sessions and 2 cardio sessions per week. Don’t forget to wipe down the gym equipment as well (and wash your hands after).

Eat plenty of foods with Vitamin C – Help boost your immune system by eating foods high in vitamin C. These foods include: bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas. I throw a huge amount of spinach into my smoothie each day and I love adding blackberries to yogurt and granola.

Reduce stress – There are many different ways to reduce stress, and you have to find what works well for you. I love hot bubble baths. I have also made it a goal to use my gym’s hot tub at least once a week. Some winter days are very gloomy, but often the sun is out. Even with the cold temps, try to get some of the sun’s vitamin D. A quick 10 minute walk around your office or house will help!

Wash your hands – Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water or use a hand sanitizer like Thieves. This is especially important after shaking hands with people or touching things outside of your home.

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What are your tips for staying healthy during the winter?

Cheers!

glenneth-web

6 Responses to “Tips for Staying Healthy All Winter Long”

  1. I tend to be really old school with this and focus just on sleep and sanitizing. That said, I think you have nudged me over the edge to try the oils as well.

    • i really didn’t mean for the post to get as “oil” intense as it did, but i realized that yes they truly are helping me, my family, and my office stay healthy. no one at my office has been sick yet and neither my hubby nor i have been sick. i also believe lots of sleep/rest and water can cure about anything.

  2. Yes to all of these!! Especially the oils πŸ™‚ I just signed up with Young Living and I’m so excited to try Thieves! I’ve used other essential oils, but really exciting to be with YL now πŸ™‚ Pinned your Thieves tea recipe – can’t wait to try it!

  3. Yes to all! It’s hard to stay away from germs – they’re at the gym and brought home with my little petri dishes from school. I’ve taken to wiping down a lot of surfaces.

  4. YES – I take all of these with me throughout the entire year. I think we tend to put a lot of focus on winter months because they are dark and dreary – we need all the help we can just to survive! πŸ™‚