Toe Talk

Warm up to winter.

When the sun is shining and the forecast is warm, maintaining your mindful lifestyle can seem like a breeze.

But as the weather gets colder and clothes get bulkier, it’s easy to fall into a rut where you’re not only moving less, you’re feeling worse, too.

Take care of yourself as the weather gets colder for year-round wellness with these tips:

Eat well.
In the colder months, it can be tempting to indulge in the comfort of a fried chicken dinner or the warmth of a buttery chocolate chip cookie or three. But as Hippocrates once said, “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” The food you feed your body plays a big role in your energy levels and your mood. Focus on eating whole grains, vegetables and healthy oils for energy that lasts throughout the day.

Maintain a routine.
It might be hard to roll out of bed and get to that Pilates class when the temperature dwindles and the sun has yet to rise. But maintaining your exercise regimen will not only keep off the extra winter pounds, it will boost your mood and stave off depression during the hibernation months. If you need some extra motivation, find someone to keep you accountable for visiting the yoga studio, or find a place in your home where you can practice without even leaving the house. Don’t forget to stretch beforehand to keep your muscles warm and avoid injury.

 Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) peaks during the months of December, January and February, causing mood swings and depression related to seasonal variations of light. Luckily for mindful yogis, meditation has been found to rival antidepressants in fighting symptoms of depression, anxiety and pain. To reap the benefits, choose a convenient time to ensure consistency in your meditation routine, and a quiet place where you’re not likely to be disturbed. Sit comfortably, take deep breaths, and maintain a gentle smile on your face. You’ll be feeling lighter in no time.