WEEK 43 (2023) – Embrace the Clocks Going Back and Gear Up for a Cosy Winter

A few weeks ago, the clocks went forward here in Victoria, Australia. It brought with it the longer nights and the feeling that summer is just around the corner. It’s not all roses however, as the children see the sunlight, they think it’s not bedtime and won’t go to bed until a lot later! It’s Halloween next week, and the kids are excited! Halloween has a very different feel from my childhood. Instead of scary dark evenings, here we trick or treat with the sun still up; the scare factor just isn’t the same….

Clocks are about the change in the UK and America the week after. As you prepare to set your clocks back and bid farewell to Daylight Saving Time, the days grow shorter, and winter is fast approaching. It’s that time of year when you get an extra hour of darkness in the evening and earlier nights, bringing about some challenges for our bodies as they adjust to the changing light and temperatures.

Here, I’ll explore how you can help your body gracefully transition to the winter season and maintain your health and wellness.

1. Prioritise Sleep

With the clocks going back, you have an opportunity to get an extra hour of sleep. Use it wisely! Sleep is crucial for your body’s overall well-being. Ensure you maintain a consistent sleep schedule, aiming for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. A well-rested body is better equipped to handle the challenges of winter.

2. Optimise Your Morning Routine

With darker mornings, waking up and feeling energised can be challenging. Consider investing in a sunrise alarm clock that mimics a natural sunrise, helping your body wake up gradually and more naturally. Pair this with a morning stretching or meditation routine to get your day off to a positive start.

3. Embrace Natural Light

Maximise your exposure to natural light during the day. Open your curtains and blinds to let in as much sunlight as possible. Take short walks outside during your lunch break or whenever possible to boost your mood and vitamin D levels. Red light therapy is also good to help increase light exposure, and you can buy a box or replace certain bulbs with red lights.

4. Maintain a Balanced Diet

Winter often brings cravings for comfort foods. While indulging in your favourite winter treats is okay in moderation, make sure to maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and good-quality proteins. Proper nutrition is essential for keeping your immune system strong.

5. Stay Active

Don’t let the cold weather keep you cooped up indoors. Winter offers unique opportunities for outdoor activities. Whether skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, or simply going for a brisk walk, spending time outside in the fresh winter air can boost your mood and fitness levels. Otherwise, look for indoor workouts, yoga, group classes, or even dancing around at home to ensure you keep moving!

6. Hydrate and Moisturise

The winter months can be harsh on your skin and lead to dehydration. Drink plenty of water, and use moisturisers to keep your skin hydrated. Also, consider investing in a humidifier to add moisture to the dry indoor air.

7. Plan for Immune Support

Winter is often associated with cold and flu season. Prioritise immune support through a balanced diet, staying active, and taking your supplements.

8. Mental Well-Being

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can affect some people during winter. Mindfulness, meditation, or deep breathing exercises can help alleviate stress and improve your mental health. If you find yourself struggling with your mental health, consider talking to a mental health professional. They can help you navigate any seasonal changes in your mood and provide effective coping strategies. (exercise and supplements are essential, too.)

9. Stay Warm and Safe

As temperatures drop, make sure you dress appropriately for the weather. Layer up, wear a hat and gloves, and keep your home warm. Ensure your heating systems are in good working order and take steps to prevent accidents, like slips and falls on icy sidewalks.

10. Embrace Hygge

The Danish concept of “hygge” involves creating a cosy and comfortable atmosphere to enjoy the winter months. Light some candles, snuggle up with a good book, or invite friends over for a warm and hearty meal. This practice can do wonders for your mental and emotional well-being.

Embracing winter and staying healthy is all about finding a balance between being active, nourishing your body, and nurturing your mental well-being. I hope these tips will help you make the most of this beautiful season. Remember, winter is a time of renewal and reflection, so embrace it with open arms.

Stay warm, stay healthy, and have a wonderful winter season!

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Wishing you good health and happiness.

Warm regards,
Olivia Redfern

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