Baby it's cold outside, so it's time to reevaluate your health regimen to ensure that you're healthy physically and mentally all winter long. When you get lax with self-care, your self-image can suffer as a result, making the winter unbearable. Keeping your body healthy not only makes you feel energetic, but also helps you feel good about yourself. When the winter blues sets in, here are some tips to keep your spirits and self-esteem high for a happier holiday season.

  1. Work on your body from the inside-out by eating plenty of vitamin D.  Most of your vitamin D comes from the sun, which is hard to come by during winter. Fortunately, there are foods like mushrooms, fatty fish, eggs, and dairy products which allow you your daily dosage of D too. Vitamin D helps promote bone growth, calcium absorption, and just makes you feel good in general.

    It's also good to stick to a nutrient rich super foods diet to help bolster your immune system and keep you energized during these winter days. Here's a list of essential super foods to eat so you feel super good all winter.
  2. Did you know that you can get dehydrated just as quickly in the winter as you can in the summer heat? This is because our blood vessels restrict in order to keep you warmer, raising blood pressure and releasing water vapor more quickly. As temperatures drop and wind chills heighten, make sure you stay hydrated and moisturize. Drink plenty of water and wear moisturizer to protect any skin that's exposed to the elements.   
  3. Keep your circulation moving in the cold to combat winter weariness, fatigue, and exhaustion. Try to hit the gym for at least 30 minutes a day. But, if getting outside proves a chore, here are some easy exercises to keep the blood pumping throughout your day.
  4. Finally, make sure you leave time for yourself. We can get swept up in the rush of the holiday season. Make sure you set aside a 30 minute window to relax and unwind everyday. Whether it's before you start your day, during lunch, or right before bed, give your mind a chance to meditate, read, or reflect on the good things in your life.

    What's your favorite tip to help you feel fresh all winter?