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Embrace Winter Wellness: Staying Healthy as the Seasons Change

As the brisk winds of winter start to weave their way into our days, maintaining our health and well-

being becomes even more essential. It's a time when outdoor activities may wane, and the allure of cozy comfort food can grow stronger. But fear not, here’s your guide to winter wellness.

Stay Active, Stay Vibrant

One common challenge during winter is the temptation to become sedentary but staying active is key to maintaining our vitality. Indoor workouts, yoga classes, or even just a daily stroll during the warmest time of the day can keep the body engaged and the winter blues at bay.

Nutrition: Your Winter Fuel

Eating healthy during winter doesn't mean sacrificing comfort. Opt for warming soups, nourishing stews, and seasonal produce. Some produce to incorporate into your winter meals are brussel sprouts, butternut squash, kale, turnips, swiss chard, rutabaga, and winter greens. Indulge in nourishing dishes rich in vitamins and minerals, like roasted root vegetables and hearty whole grains.

Beat the Winter Blues

Winter can bring on a sense of melancholy for many. Here are some strategies to beat winter depression:

1. Mindful Practices: Incorporate mindfulness meditation into your daily routine to manage stress

and stay present. One excellent example of a mindful practice that can guide you through the

winter is Winter Gratitude Journaling. This practice involves taking a few moments each day to reflect on and write down things you're grateful for during the winter season.

2. Stay Social: Staying social during the winter is essential for maintaining your emotional well-

being and combating feelings of isolation. Some creative ways to stay social when the weather

gets cold are book or movie clubs, classes or workshops, cultural events, volunteering, themed

dinner parties, social media groups, virtual gatherings or support groups.

3. Set Goals: Create achievable, enjoyable winter goals to keep motivated and focused. One goal

you can set for the winter is to prioritize self-care. The winter season often brings colder, darker days and can sometimes lead to feelings of lower energy and mood. Prioritizing self-care can help you stay mentally and physically healthy during this time. Get a pedicure, a facial or give yourself both, a hot bath or massage, or taking out time to read a book that you had your eye on can do the trick.

4. Embrace Coziness: Cultivate a cozy and inviting environment at home to uplift your spirits like

using essential oils or scented candles with winter-themed scents like cinnamon, vanilla, or

evergreen to evoke the feeling of the season. You can also incorporate the Danish concept of

Hygge, which involves creating a sense of coziness and well-being, which includes enjoying

comfort foods, spending quality time with loved ones, and creating a peaceful environment.

Remember, staying active, eating well, and nurturing your mental health are essential components of

winter wellness. Embrace this winter as an opportunity to focus on your well-being and watch as your health thrives even in the coziest of seasons. If you're seeking guidance and support to navigate the seasonal changes with grace and vitality, I’m Keisha Washington, Certified Health Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher, here to assist you. You can contact me at (410) 937-5402 or explore program and class options at

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