June is here. The days are shorter. The nights are colder. Let’s not get all grumpy about it though! Here are some simple, practical tips for staying well and celebrating the advantages winter has to offer.
1. Get out in the sun when you can.
Yay! No need to use sunscreen outside for a few months. Surely this is worth a smile. If you work full time don’t waste your lunch break… when it’s sunny find an open space and get your body immersed in sunlight. It helps with Vitamin D, mental health and sleep (and feels nice).
2. Make winter vege soups
I love soup season. Our 1960’s vintage house as a good old fashioned open fire place and we light it every Sunday night and share vege soup that has been simmering on the stove all day. We create a warm snug vibe around the fire and gaze at it, chatting while having soup, nice bread and a warming drink.
We sometimes do it with just us, and other times share it with friends. There are a wide range of healthy veges at this time of year that just ask to be made into soups and shared.
3. Create a house that features “Hygge”
Hygge is a Scandinavian concept that is hard to translate, but I’ll have a go.
It’s about creating a vibe in your house that represents cosiness, togetherness, wellness, mindfulness. Typical features include:
- Family time around a fire
- Hot baths
- Food that’s good to share
- Warm lighting
Perhaps there are features of this you can bring into the workplace too?
4. Keep up your exercise levels
The true stalwarts are often heard to say something like “There’s no such thing as the wrong weather, just the wrong clothing”. It’s a bit of an extreme view, but reminds us that sometimes you have to be bigger and better than the weather and get out there and get some exercise.
Keep up your cycling routines to work
Keep up your swimming (in an indoor pool perhaps?)
Get some good boots, a beanie and a jacket and get hiking
Take up a snow sport perhaps?
It so often comes back to exercise on our blogs I know. Guilty as charged. That’s because it’s so important for our health and wellbeing. The “Hygge” concept was a new one for our blogs though. See what you can create with that?… Let us know how you go…?