It’s one of the hardest parts of the year, the changing of seasons. You're swapping your sandals for gum boots and switching those heaters on instead of hitting the beach. Winter is coming. A change in the weather can take it out of us, we get run down, sick and are in desperate need of a tropical holiday. But a switch in our mindset to get us through without burning out.
Yes, it’s cold and dark but its bright and warm in the gym, so why should that stop us from a workout? In order to stay fresh and on top of our game we need to keep exercising regularly. Exercise not only has numerous physical and mental health benefits, but it also increases our energy levels. In most cases once you have finished a workout, you feel more energised. And we all know when we have more energy, we feel better about ourselves and on top of the world.
You know that old saying you are what you eat? It’s true! We know that what you eat generally determines how you feel. So, try sticking to a healthy diet with lots of fruit and veggies. The Mediterranean diet is a great option as you are primarily eating plant-based foods. This is a great time to give new recipes a spin, so swap some of your regular weekly meals with a new recipe each week. We love: Mediterranean quesadilla, Baked spinach and eggs, Spinach and ricotta stuffed mushrooms, Cajun chicken with chips and Greek salad, Minted lamb wraps and beetroot burger.
Make sure you are taking time for yourself. No matter what your day or week looks like, take at least five minutes to meditate, go for a walk, read or just sit and reflect. This alone time will do you wonders as we cannot not take care of others if we aren’t taking care of ourselves first. Switching off for a few minutes a day will help your body and brain unwind.
The biggest challenge is for you to know when you need to take a break, eat a healthy meal, go to sleep early or take a mental health day to avoid burning out and becoming run down. Top tip, start writing a dot point journal to keep track of how you’re feeling. Adding in a point of what you are grateful for each day, can help change your mindset. After all, when you are positive, you attract positivity.