Winter is well and truly here, bringing trackies, uggs, hot choccy & open fires. The colder months are often seen as a negative challenge for our health, but hibernating doesn't have to be all bad news! Here are some highlights about winter wellness that might get you out from under the doona. 

1. Winter stylin'

Fashion meets function in winter! Crack out your favorite scarves, hats, and gloves. Not only will you stay warm, but you'll also have an excuse to showcase those cute winter accessories that show off your personality.

2. Warm beverages galore

Hot drinks are a winter staple. Sipping on herbal teas, hot chocolate, or warm apple cider can be both soothing and hydrating. Try adding fresh mint and ginger to hot water first thing in the morning - it’s not just delicious but also great for your gut health and metabolism, and it has great anti-inflammatory properties. 

3. Winter workouts

Don’t let the cold keep you from staying active. Whether it's a brisk walk, yoga or weight bearing exercises find ways to keep moving. It helps to keep joint health naturally, boosts your immune system, and also helps combat those winter blues.

4. Nourish your body with season's best

Winter is the perfect time for hearty stews, soups, and roasted veggies. Fill your plate with seasonal produce like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and brussels sprouts. These nutrient-rich foods will keep you energised and satisfied. For additional protein and gut strength add be. hydrolysed collagen that dissolves easily and tastes great. Adding be. to soups, curries and oven bakes is a pure sustainably sourced collagen supplement. 

5. Stay social

Winter can sometimes feel isolating, but staying connected with friends and family is essential for mental well-being. Winter is a great excuse to attend indoor activities that we often forget about in summer. Theatre, museums, galleries, indoor sports events or exhibitions are a great way to get out and about. You may even discover a new favourite pass time. 

6. Indulge in self-care

Use the long winter nights to pamper yourself. Run a warm bath, read a good book, practice meditation or engage in a treatment for hair, nail or skin health. Taking time for yourself can reduce stress and improve your mood and motivation.

7. Get snoozing

Make the most of shorter days and cold weekend mornings by sleeping in and getting plenty of rest. Good sleep is crucial for maintaining a strong immune system. Warming your favourite milk before bed and adding vanilla or chocolate collagen will optimised the benefits for muscle and joint recovery while you sleep. 

8. Let the light in

Make the most of those cold but sunny days when you can. Cool air and sunlight is so restorative to the skin after hours inside in artificial heating. Take a long walk around your city's botanical gardens and take in the best natural beauty.  Natural light can improve your mood and help regulate your sleep cycle.

Enjoy the unique aspects of winter that can make the season feel less like a chore and more about self care, realignment and new experiences. Stay cozy, stay active, and most importantly, have fun this winter. Your body and mind will thank you. 

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