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8 Ways to Boost Your Wellness on a Cold Day

Below freezing temperatures are a wonderful excuse to stay indoors and get caught up on your self-care to do list. While you're cozied up binging the latest Netflix series, take time to complete a few of these wellness-boosting activities.

1. Brew a steaming cup of green tea. In addition to being sugar-free and zero calories, green tea has been proven to promote many areas of whole body health. Green tea contains various nutrients and antioxidants that help stimulate brain function, weight loss, athletic performance, and proper digestion. Regular consumption of green tea has also been proven to play a role in lowering your risk for certain infections, illnesses, diseases, and cancers.

2. Relax in a steam sauna. Steam saunas are a great way to warm up your body and improve your overall health. In addition to relaxation and stress-reduction, steam saunas generate many other health benefits including improved circulation, skin hydration, joint health, and a boosted immune system.

3. Soak in a warm whirlpool tub. Whirlpool hot tubs promote many of the same health benefits as a steam sauna and can be an excellent way to recover after a long week of work or a strenuous workout. Perform some basic stretches while soaking in the hot tub for extra flexibility and muscle relaxation. >> Find a facility near you! Tour our spa and sauna area here.

4. Diffuse a blend of essential oils. Essential oils continue to grow in popularity because of their versatility and all-natural healing abilities. Essential oil blends can be used to improve your overall mood, promote pain relief, boost the immune system, reduce stress, and generate better sleep cycles.

5. Prep some healthy meals for the week. If you’re staying indoors to escape the cold weather, this is your chance to get ready for a full week of healthy meals for you and your family. Bundle up, get to the grocery store, and stock up on all your lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables. Then, throw on your fuzzy slippers and spend the afternoon in the kitchen preparing healthy dishes ahead of time. >> View some of our favorite meal prep recipes here.

6. Meditate for at least 5 minutes. Meditation is a quick and easy way to boost your mental and emotional clarity. Brief periods of meditation throughout the day can help you experience incredible wellness benefits including reduced stress and anxiety, enhanced self-awareness, improved mood and demeanor, reduced blood pressure, and boosted cognitive processes.

7. Warm up your muscles with a new workout. Although cold winter days are not ideal for a jog through the park, there are still tons of workouts that you can do at your local gym or in the comfort of your own home. Get up and get moving with a group exercise class at your nearest training center or jump online and find a quick at-home workout, such as yoga or tabata.

>> View some of our favorite workout tips and exercises here.

8. Book a massage. There are multiple total body wellness benefits that can be achieved through regular massage therapy. One little known benefit of massages is their ability boost the immune system and alleviate cold symptoms. Applying an adequate amount of pressure to various pressure points helps the body release harmful toxins and reduce congestion and sinus pressure. >> Learn more about different types of massages here.

What are your favorite ways to stay well and warm on a cold winter day? Let us know in the comments below.


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