Four easy tricks that will have you combatting the on-and-off weather
This is the first part of my Season Transition series, focusing on how to stay healthy when the weather leaves you high and dry. Over the next week or so, there will be more articles about how to transition your winter wardrobe into spring and other helpful tips and suggestions for this very wishy washy time of year, weather wise. If you’re anything like me, the weather seems to set your mood, dictate your timetable, and influence your day to day life almost more so than any other factor. So I’m here to help you get through this transitional stage as we begin to (finally) move towards warmer weather.
Coming out of winter, the weather seems to be a bit of a rollercoaster. One day you’re sweating and wearing next to nothing, the next it’s raining and you’re decked out head to toe. I find this transitional time of the year to be when I start feeling the most run down health wise, as my body is continually adjusting to different temperates. As I try to keep up with the weather of the day, I often am left feeling exhausted, dodging sick peers, continuously sneezing from hay fever and adjusting my body clock as the days get longer. All of this combined often leads to myself, my family and many other people I know coming down with colds and taking endless naps, simply due to the fluctuation in weather and temperates, leaving me yearning for endless hot summer days. So, it is around this time of the year that I ramp up my health and self care habits, in a bid to avoid getting too sick just before a random 28 degree day pops up out of nowhere. The key is to get healthy before you get sick, instead of trying to get healthy once you are already sick - so you don’t even make it past a runny nose. Here are four very easy, simple ideas that you can incorporate into your day to day routines that will keep you feeling energised and healthy, whatever the weather.
1. Get more sleep!
With the sun rising earlier, and the nights getting warmer, you’ll likely find yourself waking up a bit earlier than usual and find your sleep a little restless as your body tries to adjust to the new night temperatures. As a result, you’re likely getting less sleep than you were in winter, when you cuddled up and hibernated for longer amounts of time. Personally, I found myself going to bed way earlier in winter also, due to the sun going down and the temperature dropping faster. Now that the weather is telling my body it is ok to sleep for less time, I am doing just that - but with some nights still trying to shake off the last of winter, my sleeping schedule has been completely thrown out - one night will be five hours, the next nine. By setting yourself a constant bedtime, say 10.30, you’ll find yourself getting into a routine of at least seven to eight hours sleep, allowing you to fight off any developing colds, process your food better and recharge your brain after longer days.
2. One tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar a day keeps the Doctor Away
I love the taste of vinegar, I used to lather my fish and chips in it as a kid and anytime I smell it, it brings me right back to picnics on the beach. I have attempted to have Apple Cider Vinegar daily before, mixed in water, and I absolutely hated it. I was scared it would have a corrosive effect on my teeth, and diluted in water it tasted disgusting. However, recently, I have started just gulping it down, a tablespoon a day, and then having water afterwards to wash it off my teeth - and I love it! If you like vinegar, you won’t have a problem, but if you aren’t a fan of the taste, it might take some getting used to. But it is definitely worth it. Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing for gut health, your skin, kills bacteria, fights diabetes, lowers blood sugar levels, can aid in weight loss because it surpasses your appetite, lowers cholesterol, reduces your risk of heart disease - the list is endless. Basically, this amazing product just keeps you healthy all round! If you’re a fan of Kombucha you’ll love this.
3. Turmeric, Turmeric, Turmeric
Turmeric is not just you’re average spice - like Apple Cider Vinegar, it has endless health benefits. One of the stand out features of it is that it is anti-inflammatory (read: anti - sore throat, skin redness, sickness etc.) Chronic inflammation that comes along with autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, which I have, is horrible at times. So, by incorporating things such as Turmeric into my diet, I am able to keep inflammation at bay. I sprinkle it into my porridge every morning, and if I feel myself coming down with a sore throat, I add it to hot water with lemon and honey for a spicy health kick.
4. Protein Powder
This is a relatively new addition to my health habits, however, I am already loving it. It is widely known that protein helps build healthy muscles, and with summer on the way, a little help at the gym never goes astray. With this, protein powder also boosts your energy levels - without the caffeine. At this time of the year, this is an excellent solution when you are feeling run down, especially after a workout! Protein also fills you up, which means less snacking on unhealthy food!
These four, perhaps obvious, but simple tips are all you need to get right on track when the weather has you down, and all kickstart your summer preparation. It’s coming up to the social season, so by incorporating these tips into your everyday routine now, by summer your immune system will be at it’s peak and you’ll never have to experience FOMO from sickness.