For a lot of us, the darker colder months can manifest as a low mood, craving really carb heavy and stodgy meals and as desire to just want to hibernate. Exercising and eating well can become much more difficult, and of course all of these things can really have a big impact on our health and wellbeing.
Try to get an extra 30 – 60 minutes of sleep every night. Easier said than done of course, but the extra rest can help boost your immune system and help your body better detoxify. Sleep deprivation and restriction impair the immune system. Studies also find that women who get optimal amounts of sleep experience better fat loss. Quantity and quality count here. Try This Works for some great sleep aids.
When it comes to eating, as the weather cools the temptation can be to go for really stodgy, carb heavy meals and maybe reduce the amount of fruit & vegetables that we consumed in the warmer months. But this is the season for amazing soups and stews that can be very comforting, and these vegetables will boost our health (they also look fabulous in their rich oranges, browns and deep reds). Think about Brussels sprouts, carrots and beetroot, squashes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes. If you’re not keen on soups, why no try roasting, steaming or stir-frying your vegetables offer subtle yet super tasty ways to enjoy your vegetables, make sure you season really well and use a low fat spray. We love Amelia Freer, super recipes, easy to follow, and totally delicious and healthy.
Our favourites are the squashes and sweet potato soups, these sweet root veg will provide a source of complex carbohydrates that have been proven to support a better mood an can support your immune system and general health and well-being from the inside out.
Take a walk……in the park, down your street. Chances are, wherever you walk you’ll have an opportunity to soak up the beauty of autumn. From the colours of the leaves to the frost on the ground breathe deep during those pretty misty mornings. The National Trust have some great walks up and down the UK….
Live your life a little more Hygge….(pronounced Hue-Guh)
This way of life was created by the Danes, to acknowledge a special feeling or moment – a way to ease the dark longer, colder nights of winter and we have adopted this super cosy ritual into our lifestyles. Why not try it? Simple changes and additions with little effort; brew real tea with a little china cup every evening, stop at the flower shop every week, light your favourite scented candle, run a bubble bath every evening the Danes see both the domestic and personal life as an art form and not every drudgery to get away from. Country Living gives us some great tips on how to be a little more Hygge….