Winter Wellness Tips: How to Take Care of Yourself as the Seasons Change

How to Take Better Care of Yourself as the Seasons Change, Stradivarius pink shirt, beige belted skirt, Tetley cold infusions

*This blog post is part of a paid collaboration with Tetley Cold Infusions*

I find it much easier to look after myself during the summer months: the days are longer and brighter, vitamin D is in abundance and the warmer weather usually means I pay more attention to staying hydrated and eating well. As the weather gets colder and the days shorter and darker it’s all I can do not to hibernate. Really, these are the days when I ought to be giving myself the highest dose of TLC, but usually I forget and by mid-November I can be found swaddled under layers of chunky knitwear, struggling to get out of bed in the morning and yearning for the feeling of sun on my skin. Winter has its perks, namely Christmas, but the impact on my body of late nights, broken routine, alcohol at every turn and chocolate for breakfast takes its toll too.

This year I’m trying to form achievable habits earlier on in the season in the hope that in the deepest depths of Winter I make healthier decisions and ultimately take better care of myself –

1. Stay hydrated

During the Summer I find it really easy to drink lots because the weather is warm, but over Winter everything seems to ‘dry up’, so to speak. I know my fluid intake is often far too low and dehydration often takes the form of fatigue. I’m far more likely to reach for a flavoured or fizzy drink instead of a bottle of water so the Tetley Cold Infusions are a great compromise.

They’re fruity, herbal infusers designed specifically to brew in cold water and come in four refreshing flavours – my favourite is the passion fruit and mango but the mint, lemon and cucumber comes in close second. Keep a few in your bag, refill a reusable bottle (think of the planet! – Tetley’s Cold Infusion Starter Kit includes a great one) and then just pop in a Cold Infusion, give it a shake and let it infuse. They’re caffeine free and don’t have any sugar or artificial flavourings so you won’t get a post-sugar slump a few hours later either!

I’m aiming for at least 3 litres a day and carrying a bottle with me really helps me to achieve that.

How to Take Better Care of Yourself as the Seasons Change, Stradivarius pink shirt, beige belted skirt, Tetley cold infusionsHow to Take Better Care of Yourself as the Seasons Change, Stradivarius pink shirt, beige belted skirt, Tetley cold infusionsHow to Take Better Care of Yourself as the Seasons Change, Stradivarius pink shirt, beige belted skirt, Tetley cold infusions

2. Carry antibacterial hand gel

Coughs, sneezes and colds galore. I hate the inevitability of winter illness, especially travelling around London and watching everyone sniffling away on the underground. Washing your hands regularly or using anti-bac hand gel is a good start at warding the germs away!

3. Get enough sleep

Listen to your body; I know I need more rest during the winter and yet with Christmas parties and events round every corner I often end up overtired and under rested. Try and set an achievable bed time and wake up time that gives you enough hours in bed and gets your body used to getting up each morning, regardless of the dark and gloomy mornings.

How to Take Better Care of Yourself as the Seasons Change, Stradivarius pink shirt, beige belted skirt, Tetley cold infusions

4. Manage your time

At this time of year our social calendars tend to go into meltdown mode and it’s really hard to say no to the promise of a celebration, drinks after work and festive fun. These engagements usually come alongside a lot of alcohol, indulgent food and late nights. There’s no need to miss out or deny yourself but be mindful of the impact on your body and your subsequent wellness. My personal goal is to ensure I’m not drinking too much alcohol by accepting it at silly times of the day – last year even shops were handing out prosecco as I did my gift buying and whilst the temptation is all too real, I know it doesn’t do me any favours. The pressures of the festive season tend not to just be physical, but mental too as we often forget to take time out for ourselves.

How to Take Better Care of Yourself as the Seasons Change, Stradivarius pink shirt, beige belted skirt, Tetley cold infusions

5. Keep exercising and spend plenty of time outside

It’s harder than ever to stay motivated during the winter and I’m far more likely to want to rush home and snuggle up than I am to head to the gym and sweat it out. If you can stick to your usual routine then it’ll really benefit both your mind and body. Classes are really helpful for encouraging yourself if you’re struggling to go it alone. Regardless, just keep moving. Spend as much time outdoors during daylight hours rather than inside being sapped of energy by artificial heat and lighting and make the most of the limited vitamin d. It could be as simple as choosing to walk rather than take the bus or going for a 15 minute stroll at lunch time with a great playlist plugged in!

How to Take Better Care of Yourself as the Seasons Change, Stradivarius pink shirt, beige belted skirt, Tetley cold infusions

How to Take Better Care of Yourself as the Seasons Change, Stradivarius pink shirt, beige belted skirt, Tetley cold infusions

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9 Comments

  1. October 4, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    These look really good. I’ve seen that they do them in Asda, so on my next food shop, these are going in! So many good tips, I defiantly going to try and stick to my workout routine throughout winter and maybe even mix things up with a run. Nothing like sticking on few layers and getting outside.

    Great post x

    Much love
    Holly

    • Beth Sandland
      October 4, 2018 / 7:48 pm

      Absolutely! I hope you enjoy the infusions and good luck with your workouts. I’m going to be trying to channel your motivation too 🙌🏼 xx

  2. October 4, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    Those Tetly Cold Infusions look amazing and deffo something I’ll be purchasing.

  3. October 5, 2018 / 6:43 am

    Gorgeous post! So true as well, we need to keep ourselves feeling our best for the winter months!

  4. October 5, 2018 / 9:30 am

    I definitely need to take note of some of these tips! I love this season, but am already finding myself feeling super tired and lacking motivation. And I am the same as you, get carried away with my busy day and forget to drink! The cold infusions sound like a great way of getting that much needed hydration – shall be checking these out on my next supermarket trip!

  5. October 5, 2018 / 11:16 am

    I need to live by these tips! (especially 5 as I need to get my butt back in gear…). I actually tried the passionfruit and mango flavour last week and instantly fell in love – such an easy way to stay hydrated if plain water becomes boring! Great post as always Xxx

  6. October 5, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    The passionfruit and mango ones taste so good! Water is the key to getting through the winter, I can already feel my skin getting drier as the days are getting colder. These tips are so true, I’ll be focusing on all of them to get me through until spring! 🙂

  7. October 8, 2018 / 12:04 pm

    Great tips, Beth. It is so so important to take care of ourselves. Another thing that helps is Vitamin D tablets and relaxing baths with bath salts.

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