Seasons come and go every year. To enjoy these seasons you need to plan your self-care. It is not difficult but most of the times we fail to plan. Here is small guide for winter self-care based on the principles of yoga and Ayurveda.
As the cold dry winds blow and temperature drops you yearn for a cup of hot ginger tea. It is time to take care of your health for the season. The dry air helps germs to be airborne for a longer time which makes you susceptible to allergy and infection. However, winter is supposed to be a healthy season. With little care, you can happily enjoy the season.
How to enjoy the Chill?Yoga and Ayurveda list few rules to strengthen the immune system and to keep you healthy. Follow these to feel wonderful in winters.
Start your day with Yoga
Breathing exercises and Pranayam are extremely helpful in winters. Try doing Surya Namaskar, this set of exercises will keep you flexible. Toning exercises should be included in your routine. If you are susceptible to cold and sinus problems try Jal Neti, which helps in reducing the frequency of such attacks.
Short walks during the day are energetic. If you don’t feel like going in the morning try going out at lunch time. A short walk in the sun will help you to remain positive as winter is known to create ‘SAD’ (seasonal-affective disorder) syndrome.
Opt for herbal teas
Drinking warm fluids helps you retain the moisture in this dry season. Herbal teas are healthy and rich in antioxidants, which strengthen the immunity. Soups and almond milk are good options to keep the system hydrated and aid digestion.
Use herbs and spices
Traditionally spices are included in Indian cooking. Turmeric, ginger, garlic and black pepper added to the cooking help to keep the body warm and away from infections. Hot soup with a dash of pepper will keep the winter chill away.
Spend some time with nature. Fresh air and sunlight will keep you healthy. Spending time with pets is a stress buster. Spending time with kids will make you feel happy and light.
A ten minute meditation will relax and eliminate stress. With long hours spent indoors, winter is the ideal time to form a meditation routine. You can start by concentrating on the breath. Chanting any mantra is also effective.
Winter is a time to connect with your soul. With the dropping temperature, much time is spent indoors. Find time to have a message, or aroma magic. Cultivating a hobby will help to spend time happily as you connect with yourself. Try creative visualization or create a journal on any topic you like.
Do you follow a self-care routine? Do share your suggestions in the comments.