9 Tips for Boosting Winter Wellness

After the holiday season is over, it’s tempting to crawl under a fuzzy blanket and stay there until spring. Instead, here’s some tips to tweak your space and encourage healthy habits to boost your winter wellness!

1. Check heating systems and fireplaces.
Ensuring your fireplace and heating system are in good working order means you’ll stay warmer and use less energy this winter. It’s good practice to clean your chimney once a year to avoid creosote buildup that can cause fire. This is also a great time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

2. Revamp your bedroom.
Great sleep is essential for good health! I love taking extra time in the winter to give our bedroom a thorough cleaning. Inspect your bedroom linens (bedding, pillows, and drapes) and replace if needed.

3. Let the light in.
Oregon winters can be so dark and gloomy, we need all the natural light we can get! Make the most of every hour of daylight by removing window screens and opening curtains wide during the day. Consider adding extra lamps or mirrors to your home to help light your home in the evenings. You could even consider leaving some of your Christmas twinkle lights up a bit longer!

4. Make space for movement.
It’s nice to have an indoor option for exercising for when you can’t make it to the gym or the weather is too gross to get outside.

5. Warm up with a hot soak.
The heat and steam from a bath feels extra magical when the weather is cold. Warm baths can improve our mental and emotional health, relieve aches and pains, and soothe dry skin. If you don’t have a tub in your home, it might be time to consider adding one! Lucky for you, you know a Specktacular team who can help. 😉

6. Consider your indoor air quality.
We tend to keep our homes buttoned up tight with our heaters blazing – it’s great for warmth, but not our indoor air quality. If your air is dry, consider adding a humidifier and clean it regularly to prevent mold and mildew from forming. You can also consider buying a couple air purifiers for your home.

7. Keep your kitchen stocked with healthy foods.
Consider adding superfoods to your diet this winter, such as: winter squash, ginger, kale, brussel sprouts, fennel, sweet potatoes, broccoli, or cabbage. Display what you can on the counter or at eye level in your fridge, so they are easier to access. A healthy diet is important year-round, but especially in the winter season when colds are being passed around. It’s important to eat a variety of foods to boost your health in the winter and ensure you are getting all the essential nutrients your body needs.

8. Get outdoors!
Being stuck in the house all winter is boring. Bundle up and head outside for a winter walk. It’s amazing how great you feel after a bit of fresh air and exercise. Bonus points if you take your pup with you! 🙂

9. Get cozy.
There’s nothing better than coming home to a cozy house. Add extra blankets and pillows throughout your house and stock up on warm drinks. Now you’re ready for a cozy reading or puzzle session this winter.

We hope you enjoyed reading through our favorite winter wellness tips. Do you have any ideas to add?!