National lockdown has been tough. Tough on our mental health, tough on our relationships, and (for some) tough on our bodies. While some go-getters have used spare time in lockdown to focus on their health and fitness, a lot of us have been burdened with home-schooling, less reflection time and more unexpected stress. Plus, it has been harder to get outside and exercise, and all too easy to take comfort in eating our favourite snacks during this dark time.
But spring is almost here and that means one thing: a fresh start. Lighter evenings and better weather will make exercising outdoors enjoyable again. Bank holidays make for much-needed time off with family and friends. It’s time to shake off the winter cobwebs and put your health first.
1. Get outside
With daylight savings happening in late March, the mornings and evenings are about to get a lot brighter. Try using that extra daylight time to do a sunrise yoga session or go for a walk after work. Spending time outdoors can lift your mood — we need sunlight for our bodies to make vitamin D.
If you’re concerned about your vitamin D levels, consider taking a supplement.
2. Eat the rainbow
During winter it’s easy to get into a rut eating the same meals over and over. Try varying your fruit and veg intake to include a variety of colours — think beetroot, broccoli, carrot, aubergine, mango and more. If a busy lifestyle means you struggle to cook from scratch, try making a daily smoothie packed with frozen veg, fruit and a scoop of Super Greens Powder.
Eating a variety foods all counts towards a balanced diet, as well as keeping your gut healthy. Try to eat plenty of veggies, fruit, and grains to keep your digestive system in check.
3. Sleep better
Stress has the power to affect our sleep, and when we don’t get enough quality sleep, it can impact on our energy levels, mood, and general health. If you’re struggling to drift off, try spraying your bedsheets with our Sleep Essential Oil Spray Mist to help you relax before bed, or read our handy guide on improving your sleep routine.
4. Review your diet
Lockdown may have been the time to experiment with your diet and cook new things, but if you are cutting out certain types of foods (meat and dairy, for example) you may not be getting all the necessary nutrients to maintain energy levels.
Those following a vegan diet may consider taking a B12 supplement, as vitamin B12 is commonly found in meat, fish, dairy and eggs AKA non-vegan foods. Always ask your doctor for advice on individual dietary needs.
5. Take time for you
A lot of us have spent the past few months surrounded by the same people: our family. We love them (of course) but it’s important to take some quality time for yourself.