Adequate sleep, rest and recovery and managing stress is vital for good health and wellbeing. It is even more important if you are recovering from an Injury or doing more exercise training for an event. I often need to remind my physio clients that proper rest is just as important as their training programme and rehab exercises! In today’s busy world everyone can benefit from some self care tips to make proper rest and recovery more achievable. Here are some tips for winter wellness.

Winter can often bring a flurry of activities and social gatherings that might feel overwhelming, especially for those who value some quiet alone time. Think about your Personal Boundaries and needs, consider setting limits on your social engagements during the winter season, eg only going out 2 evenings per week. Choose events that are meaningful to you and you look forward to. Decline invitations that could over fill your schedule and drain your energy levels. This approach helps maintain your mental well-being and prevents exhaustion.

Schedule Down Time

It’s crucial to proactively carve out some ‘me time’ whatever this means for you. Whether you use a digital calendar, a traditional diary, or a simple notepad, allocate specific periods for self-care. This could range from a short 10-minute session of deep breathing and meditation, 20 minutes indulging in a hobby like drawing or yoga, or a refreshing 30-minute walk or run.

Prioritise Sleep 

With winter and the lack of daylight often disrupting routines and making us feel more tired, maintaining a consistent sleep schedule is essential. Aim for 7-8 hours of restful sleep most nights to stay energized and healthy. Good sleep is vital for your physical and mental well-being. Try to stick to a regular bed time too.

Embrace Winter Self-Care 

Do things that help you stay healthy and feel good. Regularly moisturize your skin to protect against the dry indoor air, and the cold outside. keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water or non-caffeinated teas. Eating vitamin-rich foods can strengthen your immune system against winter ailments. Dress warmly and find joy in seasonal activities, whether it’s spending cozy evenings indoors with a good book or going for brisk winter walks. Remember, self-care is a continuous commitment to your health and well-being, not just a seasonal practice.

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