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    Dreaming of Warmer Days? Beat the Winter Blues…..

    Dreaming of Warmer Days? Beat the Winter Blues…..

    Winter is here and the colder weather affects people’s potential to stay energised and uplifted.  We can feel inclined to stay inside wrapped up and in some instances dull, heavy and unmotivated.

    The cold, damp and heavy energy of winter brings to the fore conditions such as stiffness in the joints and arthritis as well as irritability, lethargy and weight gain. Many people really do suffer during winter and indeed go into a kind of hibernation!

    If you are susceptible to the ‘winter blues’ the first thing to consider is the colours that you wear. Why not move away from dark blues and blacks and start to incorporate some reds, oranges and purples to uplift the psychological ‘drab’! Even a colourful scarf can lift your sagging mood.

    Rather than over load on caffeine consider making a thermos of warming herbal teas that you can sip during the day. This will stoke the ‘internal fire’ and warm you from the inside out!

    Warming spices include: Cinnamon, Ginger, Black pepper, Turmeric, Chilli pepper, Paprika, Nutmeg.

    This is the time to prepare your warming soups, stews  and drinks. Thick vegetable soups with spices, pulses and herbs! There is joy to be found in winter so experiment and seek out recipes that are easy and delicious.

    Remember to move the body regularly so a brisk walk every day, take the stairs not the elevator, cycling, dancing (even in your own living room), warming Yoga poses or the Sun Salutation sequence will definitely warm your body and increase your heart rate. Take some time to sit in a warm place in the sunlight! Winter sunshine is so healing and energising.

    Finally, a weekly ritual of a warming bath is not only warming to the body but relaxing to the mind. Remember to  oil your body to prevent dry skin and increase circulation.

    Oh yes….Wear your thick socks too!

     

    Turmeric, Ginger and Almond Milk Latte

    1 ½ teaspoons ground turmeric

    ¾ teaspoon ground ginger

    ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

    Pinch of nutmeg

    2 cups of Almond milk ( unsweetened)

    Honey to taste and sweeten.

    Warm all the ingredients together in a pot and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

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