This morning, I woke up to the first snow of the season. I wrapped my sweater around me, brewed a warm cup of tea, and watched the snowflakes collect on my window. I have always been a huge fan of winter. It is so peaceful and full of magic. But I am not a fan of the cold. Which is why, over the years, I’ve compiled a list of ways to stay warm no matter what the weather. Today I am sharing with you five ways that you can stay warm this winter so that you can enjoy all the winter spirit without catching a cold.
1. Keep your kitchen stalked with warming spices
Whether it’s ginger to keep your throat soothed, cayenne to clear your sinuses, or turmeric to support your immune system, spices can be a great way to warm yourself from the inside and keep your body protected throughout the season. In Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India, spices are used to keep your body in balance throughout the various changes in the season.
2. A mug of tea a day keeps the doctor away
A cup of tea can warm more than just your throat. The right kind of tea can soothe your soul, calm your body, and keep you warm all winter long. Some people opt for a more health-oriented tea while others might long for a seasonal-themed tea. Whatever your cup of tea, it’s bound to keep you healthy, happy, and warm.
3. Don’t let the winter blues get you down
Keeping warm this winter isn’t just about your body. It is about your mind as well. Help fight the winter blues by filling your days with activities that make you feel warm and fuzzy. For some that might mean a soothing bubble bath, for others a good book. Maybe for you, it is time spent with your loved ones or a drink with a friend you don’t see often enough. If you want to feel warm all the way to the soul this winter, add some self-love to your schedule.
4. Stay warm this winter by staying active
Many of us become lethargic in the winter. The cold weather, grey skies, and rainy days make you want to curl up and stay inside. But it is important to stay active even when the weather cools down. Try taking up a new yoga class or experimenting with a workout routine you’ve always been curious about. At-home yoga and fitness videos can also be a great way to stay active when you don’t want to leave the house. Getting your sweat on will help you stay warm this winter and keep your body in shape all season.
5. Get away from the cold and escape to warmer climates
It may just be that the best way to stay warm this winter is to get away from the cold. Treat yourself to a warm weather vacation (perhaps a yoga retreat in sunny Costa Rica) and soak in those rays of sunshine while you can. Not only will it give you a brief respite from the cold, but it will refuel you and help you make it through the rest of the winter.
About the Author
Sarah Dittmore is always seeking a new adventure. When she’s not barefoot hiking in the mountains of Peru, kayaking around an island off the coast of Italy, or camping in a rainforest in Costa Rica, Sarah writes about her adventures on her travel blog, Autobiography of an Adventurer. Join her as she travels the world and documents the wild and wonderful things she discovers along the way at www.autobiographyofanadvent