With winter now drawing in, it’s essential we take stock and look after our health and mental wellbeing. As such, we at Amma Life have pulled together a few healthy lifestyle tips that can help you. From cold water therapy to a simple walk, these are all options you can easily adopt into your life for a healthier and happier you!
Cold Water Therapy
As we head into winter, the idea of jumping into an ice cold lake or even a tepid bath will instantly send shivers down your spine. However, celebrities and health enthusiasts alike are vouching for Wim Hof’s cold water therapy - from Nicole Kidman, Russell Brand and even Joe Wicks. So who is Wim Hof, and why has this chilly activity taken off?
Wim Hof (aka the Iceman) recognises that our inner power gives us the ability to adapt to extreme temperatures and survive our surrounding environment.It’s an activity that demonstrates the strength and capability of your mind and, in turn, your body. Scientists and users of this method have advocated the power of cold water therapy to:
- Boost your immune system
- Improve circulation
- Deepen sleep
- Boost energy levels
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve metabolic function
- Improve mood
Breathing isn’t something we often think about; we just do it naturally. So, what happens when we start to focus on it? Well according to experts, focused breathing exercises can help give us a sense of mental equilibrium, prepare us for sleep, or enhance our ability to focus. It’s a quick healthy lifestyle tip that can be easily adopted into your routine.
If you are ready to let go of the ego, get better sleep and become more relaxed, breathwork is a great and accessible step forward. Social media platforms such as YouTube are a great source of information with many videos now providing step-by-step breathing exercises, each with a specific purpose.Or, you may have noticed that your sports watch has a Breathwork feature, which can help guide you in exercises. As you read this, why not take a deep inhale and exhale and see how it makes you feel? More relaxed? Then give breathwork a go!
Connect with nature
This simple healthy lifestyle tip has two benefits! The first benefit is that the sun will give you a boost of vitamin D. Why is this important? Well, when you are exposed to sunlight, your body releases endorphins, a so-called ‘happiness hormone’, that helps improve your brain function. Vitamin D is also essential to your immune system, so a little sun can go a long way in helping you fend off those seasonal colds! Whereas, a lack of vitamin D can weaken your overall mood, and in extreme cases, cause Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). So, by simply going out in the sun you can get a little lift of happiness whilst also giving your immune system a big boost! At Amma Life, we understand the importance of vitamin D, so you can always choose the 5% CBD Oil with added Vitamin D to help keep your vitamin D intake at a steady level throughout the winter months.
The second benefit of getting out and about is green spaces - nature and being active in general gives your body a whole host of benefits. From improving your mood, diminishing stress, improving your physical health, building your self-esteem and giving you a sense of calm - the outdoors has a wealth of remedies. Mind, the mental health charity, strongly advocates ‘ecotherapy’ as a potential solution for both depression and anxiety. But as we head towards 2022, you’ll begin to see that connecting with nature is one of the top wellness trends of the year. So, get ahead of the curve and step outside to reap the benefits of nature within.
Cook up a storm in the kitchen!
A healthy action you can take in your life is cooking, it has multiple benefits from eating well to increased socialisation. By setting time aside each night to make a meal that you and your friends or family can enjoy, you are giving yourself time to unwind and show love. You don’t have to make complex dishes - just simple, hearty recipes that you enjoy. After all, isn't comfort food what winter’s all about? Health and food go hand in hand, which is why cooking is so important. If this past year has taught us anything, it’s that we have to step up and look after our health. By cooking your own meals you can take control of what you eat. Whether it’s your aim to reduce your intake of processed food or meats, or even to source food more locally, if you cook you have control of all these factors, and that in itself is rewarding and healthy.
In addition, you can also add your favourite health-boosting supplements to your food. If you usually use Amma Life’s CBD paste, why not try their 15% CBD Oil instead? You can incorporate it into smoothies or even a luxurious and warming hot chocolate. It’s a great way to mix things up, try new things and give you a little boost that is essential to both health and happiness.
Our fast-paced culture means we rarely get time to take a break and our internal monologue is always chock full of plans, work or chores. But it’s time to shake your mind clear and simply think of you. Whether you want to decompress by writing down your greatest achievement of that day, or your saddest moment. Whether you want to set yourself goals for this time next year. Or whether you want to better contemplate life choices by getting them down on paper. Journalling allows you to reflect and digest issues more clearly, and importantly it helps declutter the mind. The way we see it, journalling is an investment in yourself. There’s no pressure to do it every night or even every week, but it provides a path towards a better, more self-aware you.
Whether you choose to implement one of our healthy lifestyle tips or something else, be sure to take care of yourself and others this winter. This period has been uniquely challenging for all of us, so as it comes to an end remember to be kind to yourself and others. And as part of our dedication towards your best self, we have some great offers on a range of products that can be found in our Offers & Bundles section. Whether it be CBD oil or CBD tea bags, there are a plethora of CBD products that can help boost your mental wellbeing and overall health, so don’t miss out!