As the winter months go by it’s only normal to feel a little sluggish. After all, the lack of sunlight and the fact that we spend most time indoors hiding away from the cold, can leave us feeling somewhat depressed and longing for sunnier, warmer days. Don’t worry though, you’re not alone! The good thing is these feelings are only temporary, days are getting longer and it will be Spring in no time.
Meanwhile, there’s little changes you can do in your routine that can definitely go a long way when it comes to how you feel… Here’s 5 things I do that actually changed my day-to-day life for the better.
- Intentional moments
Work and personal life balance can be hard to achieve. Why not set intentional moments to wind down at the end of each day? Our bodies aren’t machines, we all need to take some time for relaxation and mental clarity. Even meditating for as little as 5 minutes will do you wonders.
I set reminders on my iPhone that urge me to relax throughout the day. It sounds wacky but it’s easy to forget to take mental breaks, particularly on stressful days.
- Stay hydrated
Hydration has recently become a big deal for me. See, I didn’t enjoy drinking water for most of my life, so I guess it’s certain that I felt grumpy on a daily basis due to dehydration. Thankfully I’ve changed my ways and I can’t go without my 1.5 litres of water a day. My body functions a whole lot better and my skin feels more plump in general.
- Pamper yourself
Don’t feel guilty about taking some moments to yourself from time to time. Do things that you enjoy, draw yourself a hot bubble bath, light up some candles and relax, eat your favourite dessert, splurge on that bag you’ve been eyeing for a while. Some times all you need to give yourself is some self love.
- Eat good, feel good
Making the right food choices will enhance your well-being. Try swapping sugary treats for something more nutritious, like fruits and nuts. Consider eating less meat. If you’re a fizzy drink lover, opt for sparkling water or fresh fruit juice. You’ll see that if you educate your body, you won’t get sugar cravings and will notice a boost in your energy and vitality, making you feel overall better.
- Be more active
I’ve also established a routine that incorporates things like regular exercise. You don’t need to spend hours in the gym – that will surely put you off exercising in no time – but taking 15 minutes every other day to do a quick yet intense full-body workout can make a world of difference. You’ll feel energised, happier and your body will thank you.
Do you have any tips of your own? I’d love to know how you improve your well-being!
PS: On a different note, how amazing is it that these photos were taken exactly a week ago, under a scorching winter sun at the Algarve? It’s only February!
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