If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you’ll know that I had my butt kicked by a nasty bug. I’m FINALLY starting to feel better and so to prevent succumbing to another round of the flu, I’m sharing with you my 5 best tips to keep your body and mind healthy this winter.
- Drink more water. I’ve struggled with this one for years but it can make a world of difference for your health and overall fitness. While I love my trusty S’well bottle, it was getting a bit stinky so I decided to upgrade to a Copper water bottle courtesy of Copper H2o. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Ana, have you lost your mind? Don’t you know copper rusts and turns green with water?” The answer is no (but also yes; roofs do turn green but only a number a years after they’re exposed to constant rain). The benefits of drinking from a copper bottle are endless, but the two biggest factors for me were the anti-bacterial (and anti-stink) nature of the bottle as well as the effect copper has on your digestive system. Water stored in a copper water bottle naturally becomes alkaline, which helps balance your body’s pH levels, meaning a happier, healthier tummy for me!
- Organize your thoughts. When my thoughts are chaotic, so tend to be my emotions. My best practice has always been to write it all down. In university it was on scrap paper or whatever random notebook was lying around. Writing it down did, and still does, help process my thoughts, taking it from messy and scattered into streamlined, actionable ideas. Some of my best papers and ideas have come from those “stream of conscious”-type writing sessions, and I still like to do them about once a month. Although today I’ve upgraded my scrap paper to something a bit more polished and refined, and I alternate between my trusty Moleskin notebook and my Stil Classics planner.
- Put your best skin forward. When I was a teen, I never wore sunscreen. I distinctly recall saying (and proudly!), “I don’t burn, I tan.” *groan* Well, funny thing about that — I DO burn, and horribly at that. And while I can’t do much to reverse the damage I’ve already done, I can prevent more from occurring by applying sunscreen to my face every day. My daily routine includes the Clinique Super City Block with 40 SPF as well as Bio-Oil. While it’s most known for helping to reduce scars and stretch marks, Bio-Oil is actually a great moisturizer for dry, winter skin and everything that comes with (think: hang nails, patchy skin and/or skin that closely resembles an alligator!). Our random patch of arctic, dry air earlier in January left my skin dull and flaky. Bio-Oil was a skin-saver reviving my lifeless skin and is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a heavy hitting yet light weight moisturizer that doesn’t leave an awful greasy feeling for hours afterwards. Bonus, it smells amazing and fresh (almost like spring perhaps?!) and comes in an Instagram-worthy pink bottle.
- Get some headspace. I can’t say enough about this app. I’ve admitted before that no matter how hard I try, I can’t get into the yogi mindset (it may have to do with the fact that I literally can’t do yoga – I’ve tried so many times), but with Headspace all it takes is 15 minutes of meditation guided by Andy Puddicombe, and at the end I feel refreshed and rejuvenated. I suffer from anxiety and occasional bouts of mild depression, and so practising mindfulness through meditation has been an excellent alternative to help channel and expel negative thoughts and energy, and to quieten an otherwise busy mind.
- Break your routine. The A-type in me is groaning as I write this but sometimes a change of pace is just the thing you need. Whether it’s taking a different route to work, trying a new ice cream flavour at dinner or simply parting your hair on the other side, a little change never hurt anybody… including me! So to change things up a bit, last weekend Reid and I decided to do a staycation and checked in to the Sheraton Wall Centre. It was a fantastic change of pace for us; no matter our hard we try, when we stay at home our weekends are alway so busy, but for our short staycation we ended up relaxing in our room, eating leisurely meals and relaxing to a point where we *gasp* didn’t even check our phones! I’d say that was one successful weekend!
So there you have it, my 5 best tips! Have you tried any of them? Do you have any to suggest of your own? Let me know in the Comments below.