What a rollercoaster of a year! There have been some fairly earth-shattering lows, a few highs, little things suddenly became big things, we saw the value and importance of family, friends and our communities rise above everything else.
So, after a few summer months of some type of normality, feeling like life was gradually getting back to a kind of normal, it all changed.
Nobody wanted a second lockdown, but perhaps it was inevitable. We have all learnt this virus is unpredictable and exceptionally damaging and a nationwide coming together was needed to slow it in its tracks.
We know the run up to Christmas will be different for all of us this year, so it's not surprising that we need to send the winter blues packing, especially if you've ever experienced Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD*, sometimes known as winter depression is not fully understood but it's often linked to exposure to sunlight during the shorted autumn and winter days. At this time of year, it's important to get as much sunlight as possible, exercise regularly and manage stress levels.
Other lifestyle measures include being proactive about keeping our immune system in good working order, and ensure we feel energised both inside and out.
Here are some extra tips to help you over the coming months:
Keep up your vitamin C intake. It contributes to the normal function of your immune system. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables such as Citrus Fruits, Kiwi, Red & Green Peppers and Broccoli.
Avoid dairy products especially, if you are prone to clogged sinuses and catarrh. You will find lots of dairy free alternatives available.
Magnesium is essential for good health. Eat lots of magnesium rich foods such as Spinach, Okra, Pumpkin Seeds and Almonds. It not only contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system but can help with sleep too.
Be active with an exercise routine. The benefits are multiple for mood, energy and all-round health. Getting outside in nature is a natural energy and mood booster, natural light boosts vitamin D intake, boosting your wellbeing.
Remember your water levels. H2O is so important. 6-8 glasses a day helps maintain a healthy digestion, circulation, and keeps the skin healthy.
Look after your skin. Winter can play havoc on our skin, especially if we continue wearing face coverings. Make sure you review your skin care routine. Skin changes with the seasons, as well as when we age!
Take time out to manage your stress levels. Make time for yourself perhaps some meditation, a new hobby, pamper yourself or just laugh it off!
Keep fit and healthy.
Mary How Trust - Health Screening for Life