These are the only health secrets you’ll need for better health and wellness and Winter.
Everyone thinks Spring is the best time of the year to renew the body and recharge the battery, to prep for summer and to boost inner health. But in fact, more and more research is proving Winter is the best time of the year to promote better wellness.
Last week, I attended a really interesting yoga event hosted by Yoga Bar in the city (Sydney city that is). It was called ‘The Winter Wellness Workshop.’
Now, seeing as it was a workshop, I had already half expected there would be more talking than normal in the class, with the instructor walking us through a few general key yoga positions to help you deal with the winter blues. However, that wasn’t the case at all.
No mobiles were allowed (no technology for that matter), only yourself, your mat and a water bottle if needed. The whole class from the moment we walked in was designed to destress the body, unwind and prep the body for the cold and to manage wellness better throughout the day.
Of course, you’re probably wondering why anyone would want to take their mobile into a yoga class anyway and believe me, it’s not something I always do. However, a lot of classes I attend don’t have lockers and so, you always find a safe spot to have your mobile phone (bag or whatever) at the back of the room or nearby where you are located in the room, to ensure it doesn’t get stolen.
Here, you couldn’t even do that. No bags, nothing. Everything was to be left in the lockers outside. My initial response to that was very uneasy. My life is in my phone and although I have reduced my downtime on the phone considerable, and intentionally as part of my new year’s resolutions, which I am upkeeping rather well – thank you very much. I didn’t like the idea of being separated by a wall from my phone. Ridiculous I know.
But I did it anyways. The first several minutes of being in the room with my phone on the side of a wall made me feel very uncomfortable and I realised how attached to this tiny bot of technology I was.
When the class started and the teacher began to talk us through the purpose of the workshop and why winter wellness is so important, my phone slowly drifted from my thoughts and my attention was focused only on the class and what I would learn from it.
Here are the five of the most important wellness secrets I learned, for better health in Winter and all year around really.
Give technology a break:
Sure, we all talk about it, but none of us do it really. I have made some slight improvements this year since making a new year’s resolution of reducing my time on technology for 2019. But, that doesn’t mean I still don’t have anxiety when I am separated from it. When in truth the technology is probably the cause of most of my anxiety really. If you can, ditch it for half an hour a day and then maybe as each days passes, you can make that half hour turn into an hour and maybe even two hours.
Stretching is important at any time of the year. Though in Winter it is even more important to spend at least ten to fifteen minutes each day stretching. Preferably in the morning to help kickstart blood and oxygen flow throughout the body; which also helps warm up the body in winter too.
On super cold days, try stretching midway through the day also, especially if you are sitting at a desk all day in air conditioning. You don’t have to be a stretch expert either, look up some stretch poses online and see which ones you can adapt into your every day routine.
Drink warm drinks:
Cold drinks in winter is terrible for the system, as it send your body into overdrive trying to warm the fluid to reap any benefits for the body. Truth be told, most cold drinks don’t have many benefits anyways. Unless you have made a homemade smoothie or fruit juice with no sugar and more veggies than fruit.
Drinking warm fluids in winter like herbals teas or warm water with honey and lemon helps to protect the digestive system, the gut, and your intestines.
Yoga can be practiced anywhere:
You don’t always have to be in a studio to practice yoga and you don’t need to be a yogi to do yoga either. Simple movements at your work desk throughout the day, to recentre your breathing and balance your stress levels can be done by anyone, even if you have never done yoga before.
Try pushing your chair out from your desk and stretching your arms out to rest on your desk and then hang your head through your arms, keeping your back as straight as possible. This is a great stretch for posture and will help improve blood circulation to the brand when you have been sitting all day.
Remember to breath:
As humans, we start out by breathing from the diaphragm; which is located underneath the lung area. But, as we get older and life starts to get more stressful, we get busier and find less time to look after ourselves. Our breathing moves from the diaphra
When you’re stressed, try some easy breathing exercises to move the breath back down the body where it should be. Your chest can’t hold as much air, so breathing from this space when stressed has proven to actually increase stress levels. Place your hands on your belly and practice breathing through this space – you’ll be amazed at the results.
Get some sun:
In Australia, we are super lucky where the sun shines most days throughout Winter. The sun is so important to the human body. Just like a plant growing outdoors, the sun will help you renew, recharge, refresh and revitalise, by boosting your spiritual mentality, boost vitamin D levels which is important for bone and skin health. And most importantly, the sun will help keep you warm.
Of course, if you work in the city, it can be difficult to find the sun. So, source the best spot easy to get to in a break and pack a lunch instead of wasting time (and money) standing in ques in your break. That way, you can grab your lunch and go eat in the sun, which is more fun than staying in doors when you’re indoors all day anyway.