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10 Winter Wellness Tips


It’s official - Winter has arrived, and many of us are probably resisting the urge to hibernate indoors with Netflix for the next three months surrounded by all our favourite winter comfort foods. To some extent, these are perfectly natural and necessary tendencies. We should all be listening to our bodies, and in the winter months this usually means slowing down a little, staying warm (think saunas, fires, spas and warm baths), and eating more warming and dense meals. However, moving less,  isolating, and spending too much time in front of screens can lead to stagnation of both the body and mind. The shorter and colder days of winter can be difficult for some, and may give rise to a state of ‘winter blues’ which has officially been classified as ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’, otherwise known as SAD. This can bring on lowered immunity, lack of energy, motivation or concentration, disrupted sleep, low mood, and disinterest in activities that usually bring joy and pleasure.

But fear not, we’ve put together 10 holistic tips to bring back some sunshine into your everyday life so that you can support your body and mind this winter. Keep scrolling for our winter wellness tips!


1. Self-Care and Rest
Winter is a time for reflection, rest, and contemplation. And for us, it’s a time for going within and upping our self-care practices. Setting aside time to take care of yourself is so important because it means that you can nourish your body & mind, which will undoubtedly help with getting you through the winter months. Some self-care practices that we love are;
  • Massage therapy - booking in a regular massage
  • Acupuncture - which helps the brain to produce serotonin
  • Relaxing warm baths - hot tip, try adding epsom bath salts with a sprinkle of lavender and rose petals
  • Mini pamper sessions - treat yourself (and your skin) with an ‘at home facial’ and guasha
  • Reading and journaling - grabbing your favourite book and sitting down in a cosy spot of the house
  • Cooking or baking a nourishing, warming meal - put on your favourite tunes and whip up your favourite recipe. Added bonus, cooking also stimulates the brain.

2. Far-Infrared Sauna + Light Therapy
Did you know that just 15 minutes a day of infrared sauna use for a month was shown to decrease depression and chronic painFar-Infrared saunas are an effective and relaxing wellness activity that can provide a range of health benefits such as; boosting immunity, soothing those winter aches, and making your skin glow. Plus, you get to escape the winter chill and enjoy some solo time if you live with family or housemates.

Our Kiva Wellness Infrared Saunas also offer light therapy and chromotherapy light. Each light colour offers different benefits and experiences. Light therapy is also a well accepted therapy for seasonal mood disorders that may arise during the winter months.

3. Take Adaptogenic Herbs

Herbal medicine and Adaptogenic herbs may be the perfect addition to your health regime this winter as they can help improve the body’s response to stress, support the immune system, and balance energy and mood. Adaptogens can usually be found in tea, capsule, liquid or powder form, which can be taken orally or mixed into food and drinks. One of the most popular and well-documented adaptogenic herbs is Ashwagandha, which can be great for combatting those winter blues. Ashwagandha helps the body to adapt to internal and external stressors, as well as supporting the immune system. Other adaptogenic herbs that may be useful are rhodiola, cordyceps, siberian ginseng and holy basil.

4. Boost Your Immunity

Keeping our immune system strong is important, but even more so during the winter months where the seasonal shift can leave us more vulnerable to illness. Vitamin C is one of the most well known immune enhancers. Vitamin C helps to reduce the duration of the common cold, provides nutritional support for healthy immune system function and assists in the absorption of dietary iron. Other supplements and herbs that are great at supporting the immune system or giving the immune system that extra boost are olive leaf, echinacea, manuka honey, astragalus, elderberry, and medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi or Chaga.

5. Support Gut Health
By supporting your gut health throughout winter, you’ll be more prepared to combat any nasties that come your way and be able to maintain your glow all year round. Probiotics are one of the best allies when it comes to supporting gut health and supporting better digestion. Probiotic bacteria can help break down our food more fully, synthesise important nutrients like iron and B12, and make up around 80% of our immune system. A healthy, balanced gut microbiome is home to trillions of probiotic bacteria, and we should try to replenish them on the daily. You can consume a high quality probiotic or consume foods high in natural probiotics such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, unpasteurised miso, and plant-based yoghurt are all great options.

6. Socialise and Connect

I know what you are thinking...you may want to just curl up in bed and watch Netflix all day. But putting pause on that favourite Netflix show and going out to socialise can play a huge role in our health, wellbeing and mindset. This is because we are naturally social creatures and connecting with others is essential to a happy existence. Connecting with others may also help to fight off those feelings of withdrawal or isolation to begin with. Grab your besties and go for a walk or outdoor hike, find a new local cafe or restaurant to eat in, visit a museum or art gallery, or light an outdoor fire pit to roast some marshmallows.

7. Exercise

While exercising may be the last thing you want to do in the cooler weather, exercise and working out activates endorphins which will ultimately create a sense of well-being and positivity. Exercising outdoors and exposing yourself to the cold weather will also increase blood flow whilst activating the lymphatic system. If you don’t want to exercise outdoors, you may want to try indoor exercises such as dancing, yoga, pilates or an indoor HIIT workout. Our newest addition to Love Your Health is the Kiva Wellness Pilates Reformer, which allows you to perfect your pilates practice right from the comfort of your own home.

8. Eat For The Season
Because winter is a time for slowing down and eating more nourishing, grounding foods, it may be a good idea to switch cooling foods for warming, easy digestible meals. Swap morning smoothies for oatmeal or a savoury breakfast bowl, raw salads for soups or curries, and switch cold, icy drinks for herbal teas or warming lattes. Find out what fruit and vegetables are in season such as pumpkin, broccoli, apples, pears and oranges, and think warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cumin to add to your cooking and warm your body from the inside out. Keep an eye out on our recipes page for winter warmers inspo.

9. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is mainly produced by our bodies when our skin is exposed to natural sunlight. Because our skin typically does not absorb the same amount of Vitamin D in winter as it does in summer, vitamin D deficiency can become common during cooler months. Vitamin D has been shown to be linked to low immunity, depression and other mood disorders, which is why it is important to still get your daily dose of Vitamin D as the seasons change. If you are struggling to get your daily dose of vitamin D from natural sunlight, you may want to supplement with a high quality vitamin D capsule

10. Get Cosy And Drink Some Tea

Cosy up in your home with some extra blankets and pillows by the fire with a warm cup of organic tea or a herbal elixir like our matcha latte recipe. Black, white and green tea have all been shown to contain a compound called L-theanine which can improve certain neurotransmitters (like glutamate), which may be out of balance during the winter months. Matcha on the other hand contains up to five times as much L-theanine as regular green tea and is also a great coffee alternative.

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