Everyones main goal in life is to stay happy and healthy.

Lets face it, only a select few of us actually enjoy the cold, dark, winter months. Days seem slower, and the weather can never usually make it mind up, and well.. Its rather miserable.

Staying healthy and happy in the winter is essential, not only for your physical health, but also for your mental health. Statistics say that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is more severe during the winter months.

Typically you wouldn’t associate depression with the seasons, but it happens. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy and overcome the winter blues.

Eat More Fruit & Veg

Yes, the dreaded vegetables. When the weather is bad outside it can be so tempting to simply reach for the easy, fast, unhealthy options. However it is vital that during winter you still have a healthy balanced diet.

Winter vegetables such as carrots, swede, turnips can be made into soups, roasted and mashed to accompany a wholesome meal.

Why not dust off the cook book that has been sitting on your shelf since you moved in and try some new recipes.

If you’re craving something sweet, rather than reaching for the sugary snacks, stock up on Oranges. Oranges are high in vitamin C, which play an essential part in keeping your immune system strong, which then helps prevent those winter illnesses like the common cold and other infections.

Keep Active

During winter the last thing you want to be doing is hitting the gym or even thinking about getting up from the sofa and dusting off your trainers. Don’t use the winter months as an excuse to stay at home.

Exercise does’nt always mean exhausting yourself for hours at the gym, try talking a walk, try out a new hobby or even get the whole family involved with a fun activity.

Regular exercise helps boost your immune system, helps to keep your weight under control and has a positive effect on your mental health, simply getting outdoors in the natural daylight is a great way to destress and relieve symptoms of feeling tired and sluggish.

Plan A Trip / Vacation

Planning a winter holiday can most certainly shake off those winter blues and can really help boost your mood. Planning a warm vacation to a sunny destination is a great way to highten spirits and give you and your family something to look forward to.

Even if you can’t quite budget a holiday abroad quite so close after Christmas, there are many options you could choose, a cottage in the countryside, or a cabin in the woods. Holiday’s don’t always need to be planes, sunshine and sandy beaches.

Make an intinary together with your friends and family of. a list of destinations or locations you would like to visit.

Staying Social

After the buzz of Christmas is over, many people seem to isolate themselves ready to face dreaded January and the months to follow.

Staying social is vital after the Christmas holidays, once the hype is over, loneliness tends to kick in which has a negative effect on a persons health.

This is a perfect time to make some plans, meet up with old friends, plan family get togethers, be creative. Keeping your mind active and yourself busy will in turn have a positive impact on your well being.

Herbal Tea’s

Put down the fizzy drinks, and swap it out for some herbal tea. There is a wide variety of healthy and tasty teas on the market these days.

Herbal teas such as chamomile, lemon and green tea can ease depression and anxiety symptoms by relaxing your body and helping you sleep better.

Green tea is high in antioxidants. To get the most from your warm comforting drink, source organic teas with good quality ingredients.

When our wellbeing isn’t where is should be, it starts to take a negative effect on your health, leaving you more susceptible to stress and illnesses. Its import to look after yourself, more so in the winter.

Many of the tips above are easy, and can fit into your everyday life. Click here to find out more information from the NHS on how to take care this winter.

Stay happy and healthy.

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