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Outdoor Winter Activities

It’s important to stay active even throughout the winter months. Fresh air works wonders on our digestive system, calms anxiety, cleans our lungs, and provides us with more energy and a sharper mind. We’re sharing our favorite outdoor winter activities.

  1. Build an outdoor winter bonfire and roast hot dogs or make s’mores.
  2. Grab some friends, rent snowshoes and go snowshoeing.
  3. Take your dog for a walk.
  4. On a snowy day, find a big hill and go sledding or tobogganing.
  5. During the Christmas season, attend outdoor light festivals or holiday Christmas markets.
  6. Build a fort and have a snowball fight with your kids (or spouse!)
  7. Take a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and sit outside on your front porch swing.
  8. Go ice skating – the outdoor ice rink in downtown Vancouver is the perfect outdoor tradition.
  9. Shovel paths and sidewalks in the snow (your neighbors will love this one too.)
  10. Go on a winter picnic! Take blankets, sandwiches, and hot soup in a thermos. This is also a fun, inexpensive date idea.

Ways To Relax (5 minutes or less!)

Ways To Relax (in 5 minutes or less!)

  1. Sip green tea – Herbal green tea contains a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that helps relieve anger.
  2. Meditate – All it takes is five minutes of peace to reap the benefits of meditation. Find a comfortable spot in a quiet place, concentrate on your breath, and feel your anxiety disappear.
  3. Remember your breathing – Slow, deep breaths can lower blood pressure and heart rate.
  4. Rub your feet over a golf ball – Get an impromptu foot massage by rubbing your feet back and forth over a golf ball.
  5. Nosh on chocolate – A square of dark chocolate can help calm nerves, regulate levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and stabilize the metabolism. (And it’s delicious.)
  6. Drip cold water on your wrists – When stress hits, head for the sink and drop cold water on your wrists & behind your earlobes. There are major arteries right underneath the skin, so cooling these areas can help calm the entire body.
  7. Find the sun – If it’s a sunny day, head outside for an easy way to lift your spirits.
  8. Stretch – Take a few minutes to stand up for a quick stretch, which will help relieve muscle tension and relax your body during a busy work day.
  9. Write it down – Putting our emotions on paper can make them seem less intimidating. Try journalling to get your thoughts out.
  10. Try aromatherapy – Drip some lavender, tea tree, or spearmint oil into your palm and inhale. The soothing scents help quiet anxiety and stress by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that connect to the part of the brain that regulates emotions.

 

Courtesy of: https://greatist.com/happiness/40-ways-relax-5-minutes-or-less

Immune Boosting Facts!

Immune Boosting Facts!

1. Each part of the immune system has a unique function.

Dat Tran, MD, an immunologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center, shares, “Think of the immune system like the military. There are different branches that each serve unique function in protecting the body.”

2. Every day we encounter billions of germs, but they’re not all bad.

Countless micro bacteria live in and on our bodies, and they play a vital role in maintaining good health. Tran shares, “Good bacteria in our body provides us with the nutrients we need and also provides a defense against bad bacteria, as well as infections.”

3. Positive emotions and a healthy lifestyle can boost your immunity.

Studies show that optimism, positive emotions, and a healthy lifestyle can actually make our immune system work better. Tran explains, “The happier, or more positive you are, the more likely you are to eat right and be less stressed, which will help your immune system.”

4. Sleep deprivation can impact immunity.

Not reaching optimum levels of sleep can really wreak havoc on our bodies and immunity. Research shows that lack of sleep makes it harder to fight off infection, and easier to catch viruses such as the common cold.

5. Stress can affect the way your immune system works.

Increased stress levels are never ideal. This leads to increased cortisol levels in your body, a hormone that is important for overall bodily functions, but too much of it can lead to numerous health problems, including a compromised immune system. “The high level of cortisol can blunt your immune system.”, Tran says.

 

Immune Boosting Facts Courtesy Of: EverydayHealth.com