As we settle into the depths of winter we can tend to feel a sense of inertia and lack of motivation. The cold, grey rainy days can affect our mood so we need to work that bit harder to keep uplifted and positive.
The additional challenges we are now facing living in COVID times, with its lockdowns and related stresses, is adding to our uncertainty and despondency. However there are many self-care practices that can help to keep us in balance.
UPLIFT YOUR WINTER WITH THESE DAILY WELLNESS PRACTICES
The value of a regular daily routine cannot be underestimated as it is a stabilising foundation that helps us to manage the ups & downs of life especially in our current uncertain times.
When everything feels like it is falling down around you focus on the elements of life you have control over and try and accept what’s happening rather than resisting. This is being in the moment and living with awareness.
Just attend to what is before you and what you can deal with – let go of what you can’t control.
UPLIFTING WINTER PRACTICES
- Favour warm, cooked nurturing foods with spices that create heat.
- Avoid cold, heavy foods and reduce dairy in the winter months.
For those that can take dairy one exception is warm Golden Milk with turmeric, cardamom, ginger and nutmeg. This nurturing drink can be adapted to the milk of your choice and is a great night cap which promotes a sound sleep.
- Drink 2-3 cups of boiled water per day to help stay hydrated. This also has a cleansing effect on the body.
- Drink 2-3 cups of ginger tea per day as this stimulates digestion and improves circulation.
- Adding a dollop of Ghee to your meals helps to oleate the body and combat the cold, dry qualities of winter.
- Introduce Immune Enhancing Herbs & Tonics as we are more vulnerable to coughs, colds and flus at this time.
IMMUNE BOOSTING WINTER FORMULAS
Chyawanprash is Ayurveda’s superfood, a potent tonic loaded with Vitamin C, Amalaki and other vital immune enhancing herbs. A great winter preventative for colds, coughs and flu viruses.
Yogaveda’s own Immune Enhancing Tea blend of organic immune enhancing herbs; ashwaghanda, turmeric, moringa, amalaki, ginger, licorice and gotu kola.
This powerful synergy of herbs increases energy levels, provides protection from winter ailments and enhances general wellbeing.
Visit our Ayurvedic Products page for these and more immunity enhancing products!
LIVING WELL FOR WINTER
❁ Wrap up and stay warm, particularly keeping your head, neck and ears covered when outdoors on those cold windy days.
❁ Dress in bright warm colours as this can have an uplifting effect on our mood; reds, oranges and yellows are some of the happy colours to favour.
❁ Nurture yourself with a full body massage (Abhyanga) using warm, nourishing sesame oil or our signature Vata Oil. Regular abhyanga is detoxifying, improves circulation, relaxes muscles, relieves aches and pains and is deeply pacifying to the nervous system.
❁ Protect your nasal membranes from the cold and dryness of winter with Nasya Oil. This herbalised nasal oil blend decongests the naso-sinal passages, improves memory, cognition, and uplifts the mind.
❁ Stay active! It’s important to maintain your exercise routines to vitalise your mind and body. Although we may not feel as motivated to move in winter, that is exactly what we need to do to keep our energy flowing.
❁ The use of aromatherapy is a powerful means of creating mental and emotional balance. For winter use uplifting oils like orange, lavender, bergamot, mandarin, cedarwood, lemongrass, ginger, cardamom and frankincense.