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How to have a healthy body-healthy mind this winter

Information verified correct on December 10th, 2016

Take the right steps to kick winter's butt this season.

For most of us summer loving Aussie's, winter is a b*tch. It's cold and wet and grey and dark, and you'd rather stay home watching Netflix cursing Mother Nature. It can affect mood, energy levels, social life. Heck, even our hair and skin take a beating. Seasonal affective disorder is a thing, folks, and it takes a toll on our mind and body.

But what if you changed your perception? Spin the idea of winter into something positive, flip it on its head and embrace it. Winter is the perfect time to wind down, take a step back and focus your attention inwards to combat those winter blues.


Social life

friends

This is an important one so pay attention: Keep connected. Slipping off the radar during winter can lead to feeling a sense of loneliness, adding to stress and anxiety. Make time and effort to be with your friends and family during the chilly months; Snuggle up together for a Netflix binge, get stuck into boardgames, cook a yummy meal and make a mess, phone a friend you haven't spoken to in a while. By keeping up your social connections you'll keep your mood boosted and a smile spread across your face.

Take a trip. Gather a gang and head away for a weekend of keeping cosy and drinking wine by the fireplace. Tasmania or the Blue Mountains in NSW are perfect destinations for a long weekend getaway. From walking tours and wineries, it's the ideal setting for getting out of the city and breathing in the fresh air. Check out our travel section for more information on getaways and tours.


Health and wellbeing

meditate

Focus on the food you're eating. Boost your immune system by consuming healthy, hearty foods. In essence, cut the crap. Eat foods that will nourish your body and avoid processed packaged goods you find in the pantry. Make sure your kitchen is always full of fruit and veggies, meats and grains so you can cook up feasts.

Keep drinking water. Because it's cold it's easy to fall out of your habits of consuming bulk H2O. It's important to stick to hydrating your body and replenishing on the reg. Add a few slices of lemon, strawberries or cucumber to a jug of room temperature water and sip on it throughout the day or alternate between water and cups of yummy sugar free tea.

Keeping active during the chilly season is a big one. You need to keep a healthy body / healthy mind mentality. If you usually exercise outdoors, join your local gym for the season or sign up for yoga and pilate classes. When the weather permits, grab a friend and take a brisk walk.

Sleep well, wake up well. Ensure you're getting a lot of sleep each night, treat winter as a time to wind down and dose up on comfort because the craziness of summer is back before you know it. Hot tip? Get out of bed and bounce around your bedroom to some up-beat Beyonce, it's a guaranteed pick-me-up. (Ain't that the truth!)


Home life

reading

Take up a new hobby. Spend some time towards learning something new like a language, knitting (ideal for winter warmers) or improving your drawing skills. Read all of the books you bought and haven't read yet. Start a new meditation habit.

Get organised and dedicate time to get on top of your life admin. Go through your closet and make the eBay pile you keep talking about. Do your taxes. Sort out all the paperwork floating around. Make a charity donation. Mend clothes that need fixing. Once you're done, you'll feel a million bucks!

Make moments for gratitude and reflection. In moments of calm, reflect on what the day/week/year has meant for you. Give yourself a pat on the back for the things you've accomplished and don't be afraid to acknowledge the lower points. Find gratitude towards the people and relationships in your life, and how lucky you are. Positive thinking will improve your happiness levels and lead you toward more satisfaction.

Meditate. Getting into a new routine and creating a potentially lifelong habit is perfect during winter months. If meditation is something you've been considering, it's the perfect time of year to get stuck in. Read our beginners guide to meditation here.


Winter is a time for quietness and calm, embrace it and be kind to yourself.

Doone Roisin

Doone Roisin is the social media butterfly and Fashion Editor at finder.com.au. She's an online shopping enthusiast ready to show you what to buy and how to wear it, the best sales around town and insider tips to make note of.

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