Not even sunny Arizona is immune to winter. Now is a time when the dipping temps and post-holiday season stress can lead to colds, flus and fatigue. Here, we highlight three ways to stay in top form —and keep your home a healthful sanctuary—all winter long.
Add a Sauna or Steam Shower – Consider bringing the benefits of a spa-grade sauna and steam room home. In addition to helping relax cold-weather tensed muscles, a great steam shower or sauna can help alleviate feelings of stress and increase detoxification through sweat.
Try a Light Therapy Lamp – In the winter, we get less exposure to direct sunlight, which tells our bodies to produce less vitamin D. Lower levels of vitamin D can contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression. Speak with your doctor about buying a special fluorescent sunlamp that produces high-intensity ultraviolet-B (UVB) rays, which help trigger vitamin D production in the skin. Depending on its size, the lamp can be set up bedside or in a lounge area of your home—get cozy and sit in front of it for 20 to 60 minutes each day.
Invest in a Good Mattress – When the days get shorter, our bodies crave more sleep. In addition to making the longer evenings a time for unwinding by your home’s fireplace or reading nook, consider investing in a highly-supportive mattress. An uncomfortable bed can lead to a fitful sleep, which can impact one’s deeper, regenerative sleep cycle. Poor sleep can lead to increased stress responsivity, poor cognitive responses and a weakened immune system.
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