It’s important now more than ever to put your physical and mental health first in order to keep the Doctor away this Winter. Whether you are working at home, in the office or simply looking for ways to relax, it’s paramount that you prioritise your wellbeing this Winter. We’ve come up with five tips on how to keep the Doctor away using natural methods this Winter. Isn’t it about time that you put yourself first for once?
Schedule in some time to relax
In our busy schedules we often forget the most crucial thing – to make time to relax and replenish our energy levels. As humans we have evolved to be able to multitask and live our lives on-the-go, but when was the last time you actually switched off from social media and made some time for you?
Help keep the Doctor away this Winter by relaxing and replenishing your energy levels. Whether it’s reading a book, lighting some candles, or going for a walk, set aside 10 minutes just for you.
If you struggle to switch off before bed, try changing your routine as you wind down. Simple things like switching off your phone and playing relaxing music will help you to chill out and feel calmer. Try also doing some gentle meditation before bed to help you switch off. Apps such as Headspace are offering free yearly subscriptions to UK workers now on Furlough or unemployed.
Do some gentle yoga
Even a few light stretches before bed can help our bodies to unload the stress it has built up over the day. It’s surprising how much stress we store in our bodies and stretching is a great way to release tension and keep the Doctor away this Winter!
Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that in long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation, more “disease-fighting genes” were active compared to those who practised no form of relaxation. Jake Toby, a hypnotherapist at London’s BodyMind Medicine Centre further points out, “After two months, their bodies began to change – the genes that help fight inflammation, kill diseased cells and protect the body from cancer, all began to switch on.”
So why not start your yoga practise now? The health benefits are obvious. You don’t need a yoga mat, just put on some comfy clothes and begin your yoga practise – I promise you will feel the difference.
Dr Berit Brogaard from the University of Miami further highlights the amazing health benefits produced following deep relaxation and meditation. Brogaard states that meditation can help shut down the release of stress chemicals into the bloodstream by counteracting some of the effects of these chemicals.
Even after meditation, deep relaxation results in a calmer state of mind which helps to slow down brain waves, rejuvenate the brain’s chemistry and keep the Doctor away as you will be stronger mentally and physically.
For home yoga workouts, why not try ‘Yoga With Adriene’, the online platform subscribed by over eight million users. Adriene Mishler offers free thirty day online home classes for Beginnersthrough to Intermediate Yogis through her YouTube-
Adriene’s workouts provide a gentle ease into the practiseof daily yoga and meditation which will benefit both your physical and mental wellbeing without having to leave your home.
Write down your thoughts and feelings to help reduce your stress levels
Journaling is an incredible tool to help you balance your thoughts and set your goals and intentions for the day ahead. Often when we process so much new information during the day it can be easy to forget just how much we’ve accomplished! Start by writing just three things you were grateful for today just before you go to bed, it’s actually so much easier to do than you think.
Journaling is proven to help people suffering from anxiety disorders. Often writing down our thoughts on the page can help reduce our negative emotions associated with an event.
As Baikie & Wilhelm point out, ‘writing works to enhance our mental health through guiding us towards confronting previously inhibited emotions helping us process difficult events and compose a coherent narrative about our experiences, and possibly even through repeated exposure to the negative emotions associated with traumatic memories.’
Simply things like writing our thoughts down on a piece of paper can help us unload our thoughts separating our emotions from the event. Writing can be a very therapeutic way of letting go of our emotions helping us to feel calmer and more relaxed.
Workout at home!
Boost your mood and energy levels through working out at home! There are many types of physical activity you can do, from yoga to running, walking, dancing...you name it.
Exercise has been scientifically proven to improve your mood and decrease feelings of stress, anxiety and lower levels of depression. A study which asked twenty-six healthy men and women who normally exercise regularly for two weeks to stop exercising resulted in an increase in negative mood (according to healthline.com).
Exercise is crucial to supporting a fast metabolism and burning more calories per day. Exercise also helps you to maintain your muscle mass and weight loss so that you can stay healthy and keep the Doctor away this Winter.
Use essential oils to create a positive living space
You’ve tried lighting a candle, but have you used essential oils yet? Proven to help relieve anxiety and aid sleep, essential oils stimulate positive signals in your brain which will help to reduce any negative emotions. We recommend using the FLYY nasal inhalers which contain 55% menthol and 18% eucalyptus oil extracts. Our nasal inhalers are 100% natural and will help you feel refreshed and revitalised.
So time to stock up ?
Keep the Doctor away this Winter by opting for some healthy changes to your lifestyle. From relaxing yoga, journaling your thoughts down onto a page or even doing a home workout, put your physical and mental health first. Additionally, with a 100% natural FLYY nasal inhaler you can feel more awake and focused. Our FLYY nasal inhalers come in two different formulas, Arctic Blast and Orange Breeze, helping you to breathe new life into the everyday!
By being realistic about your lifestyle, you can make small changes that will have a large impact on the quality of your life overall.
‘10 Health Benefits of Relaxation’ by Sarah Klein https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/stress-awareness-day-relaxation-benefits_n_1424820
HOME- a 30 Day Yoga Journey https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLui6Eyny-UzzFFfpiil94CUrWKVMaqmkm
‘How Deep Relaxation Affects Brain Chemistry’ by Dr Berit Brogaard https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-mysteries-love/201503/how-deep-relaxation-affects-brain-chemistry
‘Relaxation and mental health’ https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/relaxation
‘Relax Your Way to Perfect Health’ by Anastasia Stephens https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/relax-your-way-to-perfect-health-1763109.html
‘The Top 10 Benefits of Regular Exercise’ by Arlene Semeco https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-benefits-of-exercise
‘83 Benefits of Journaling for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress’ by Courtney E. Ackerman https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-of-journaling/
‘5 Small Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Health’ by Chelsy Ranard https://diyactive.com/5-small-lifestyle-changes-improve-health/