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The January blues can influence many of us to go into hibernation mode, making us a little more lethargic and over-indulgent. You might find that your local gym is filled with people working off their 'winter fluff’, and getting back on the wellness wagon. Considering this, we’ve compiled a list helpful tips, so the winter months don't become a hindrance to your wellness goals: 

  1. Prioritize your wellness time

The winter season is the time of year where people tend to gain a little weight, so it's totally understandable to want to snuggle up rather than sweat it out. Remember you can make motivation fun! Maybe add a little healthy competition to get you motivated, by hosting workout or step challenge with family and friends to ensure you are not slacking on your physical activity. Try to plan ahead and if you know you have a scheduled evening event, and try to get your workout done earlier in the day—your body will thank you! 

  1. Be more mindful of your fluid intake

For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema so fluid increase is crucial this time of year. Try to apply extra lotion, moisturizer, turn on the humidifiers, and, of course, drink more high-quality water! Although sometimes it can feel terribly boring drinking water, here are some tips for increasing your fluid intake: 

  • Try adding fruit or herbs to your water to switch up the taste, such as lemon and mint. 
  • Try some green tea. Drinking green tea helps to boost metabolism which can assist with decrease in weight gain. Green tea has other added benefits that can improve brain function and physical activity, which is especially needed this time of year. 
  • For those of us who drink alcohol, try not to indulge in too many. Know your limit to avoid any pesky next-day hangovers. 
  1. Take some well-deserved me time

The holidays are over, and most of us have had some much-needed quality time with loved ones. Now it's time to spend time with yourself! The festive season tends to be the time of year when most of us give more of ourselves to others. For some of us (especially if you often give all year long) this can become mentally and emotionally draining! At Look & Cover, we are all for spreading the love, but you need to make sure you leave some of that kindness, gratitude, and generosity for YOU. Take some alone time to reflect or meditate. Remember, you can't give anything from an empty cup. 

  1. Let it go

The winter months can be draining for us all! There's so much to do, so let go of anything negative that may be holding you back. Don't dwell on past disagreements with loved ones, and don't beat yourself up over that piece of chocolate you had. Let go of guilt, shame, negative self-talk, inadequacies, expectations, fears, judgments, and doubts. Consider replacing your “I’m sorry” with “thank you”. Have fun! Enjoy time with your loved ones and, most importantly, with yourself. Be joyful, be merry, and be accepting. Remind yourself daily of your own greatness.

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