Staying healthy this winter
Winter is in full swing now! The winter solstice is arriving tomorrow and you can definitely tell. Although we’ve had a few sunny, warmer days, we’ve mostly been having the cold and rainy weather that is typical for winters here in Taipei.
So, what should you be doing in order to stay healthy this winter?
- Rest and Rejuvenate
- Eat warming foods
- Don’t overtax (over-stress) yourself
- Stay active
- Drink water
Rest and Rejuvenate
What we all need to keep in mind is that winter is the time to rest and rejuvenate. It’s the time of the year where you should be the least active. This goes for both mental and physical activity but, I would stress, especially mental activity. Most people are too mentally active and don’t get enough rest in the winter.
Although your work life is not under you control, what you do after work is. So, do less and rest more. Stay relaxed and recover this winter.
Eat warming foods
Although the winter here may not be as cold as your home country, it does get humid and the cold lingers. So, make sure that you eat warming and nourishing foods.
Soups and steamed foods are great for this time of year. Nuts, root vegetables, and more warming meats are also good to have in your diet. Finally, ginger is your best friend. It can be used as a tea, separately, or in the foods that you cook.
As the weather is very damp, eating Jobs Tears (薏仁 ) is also good for eliminating the damp from your body.
Don’t overtax yourself
This is very similar to the first point but I’ll say it again. This is a period of rest and recovery; the worst thing that you can do in the winter is to overtax yourself. Even if you are too busy during the week, find times on the weekend to take it easy. You owe it to yourself.
Last but not least, you need to be physically active. Even though your activity level should be on the lower end, you still should do something active. As I often tell people, most people are too physically inactive, so keep that in mind.
If it’s raining out, either go out earlier in the morning, if it’s not raining (mornings aren’t always as rainy as later in the day), or do activity indoors. Yoga and qigong are both activities that you can do inside. There are also plenty of exercises that can be done right in your living room (you can search youtube if you need ideas).
Although this may seem like an odd recommendation, most people don’t drink enough water in the wintertime. As the weather is cold, you may not feel the urge to drink as much water. However, it’s still important to keep hydrated and drink water. Also, it is best that the water is warmer, and not cold.
I hope that these tips will help keep you healthy and happy during this winter season! If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message.