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Keeping Warm in Cairo this Winter

Keeping Warm in Cairo this Winter
    written by
    Hannah Cooper
    Ah, it’s that time of year again and winter is upon us just like that.
    As a result of the shorter days and colder nights, many experience what is
    referred to as the ‘winter blues’. Lethargy, mild depression and a general lack
    of motivation are all common symptoms.

    This response to seasonal change can be difficult to deal with if one
    does not have the know-how to cope. Thankfully, we have a variety of simple tools
    within our reach to help rid us of the blues and be on our way to a happy,
    heartfelt winter season.

    Get Some Sun

    This might seem like a no-brainer but can long be
    forgotten when cuddling up under a blanket indoors feels oh so good.  Exposure to sunlight
    releases neurotransmitters in the brain that affect our moods. Go for a walk or keep your window shades up during the day to let in more natural light. Even simple things like sitting
    near the window while you’re at the café helps, with minimal effort. The point here is to bond with that wonderful vitamin D giver as much as possible.

    Exercise

    The word alone makes many moan but once the habit is in place,
    it’s a fantastic remedy with benefits aplenty. Exercise is instant energy
    and metabolic booster and will develop a stronger immune system and a clearer mind, amongst other benefits. We recommend
    restorative yoga for its gentle approach and ability to be done in the comfort
    of your own home. Throw down a towel (or mat) and check out the selection of
    online classes at YogaGlo.


    Eat Fresh


    There’s something about these winter months that leave many
    craving simple carbohydrates (like white bread & sugar) that do nothing more
    than actually kill your energy levels and your moods. Instead of falling for these cravings, incorporate seasonal
    fruits and veggies like tangerines, pomegranates, radishes and leeks. Along with
    plenty of water and grain-based rice and bread, the body and mind will respond
    with greater concentration and an increase in energy.

    Don’t Skimp on Sleep


    Just like other animals, our bodies naturally
    demand
    more sleep during the winter months. For those with busy schedules, time management can work wonders. Set
    yourself a goal. By being consistent with your sleep and wake time, your body
    gets the hint and will follow the cycle. If you’re lucky, catching a 10-20
    minute power nap in the afternoon can also reap rewards. You know your body
    best so listen and respond accordingly.


    Love Yourself!


    Loving
    yourself, with a treat thrown in there every now and
    then, is the most important factor when it comes to your wellbeing. This
    can manifest itself in a variety of
    ways and even when times are hectic, a little goes a long way. Book a massage
    or a dinner date with friends. Around the house, the addition of wintery scents
    can provide comfort: arrange cloves, cinnamon bark and orange peel on a baking
    sheet. Bake for an hour or two on low heat and the smell will permeate the
    house quickly. Additionally, essential
    oils, in the bath or applied directly to the skin, can be helpful. For
    example, bitter orange is a great mood-lifter. To cure drowsiness, try out
    peppermint and for any congestion, tea tree works wonders. If you’re looking to
    purchase
    oils, check out the reasonably priced selection at Nefertari

    For more health & fitness articles on Cairo 360, click here. Wrap up warm, Cairo!

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