While summer has us at our glowing best, there’s no love lost when it comes to autumn and wellness.
Cold nights, dark mornings and the constant longing to envelope yourself in comfort food and Netflix can leave you feeling groggy and listless.
It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, though. Here are five things that can help you put a spring back in your step this autumn.
1. Get weighed down
While summer is all about morning walks, vitamin D and spending as much time as possible outdoors, the arrival of winter is a good time to check in with your body and restore - and what says restoration like a good night’s sleep?
To treat your body and your mind to the benefits of a good night’s sleep (we’re talking energy, reduced stress and a healthy immune system amongst others) try investing in a weighted blanket.
Weighted blankets have been shown to help ease restlessness, reduce anxiety and help you get a better night’s sleep.
It’s basically like getting an eight-hour-long hug without the clamminess or feeling too constrained. What’s not to love?
2. Curb your caffeine
As we slip into the dark depths of winter it’s easy to fall on coffee as a trusty crutch to get you through the groggy mornings.
Delicious as they may be, a lot of the time your espressos are just prolonging the inevitable energy crash and doing nothing to ease your anxiety - not ideal for your winter wellness.
The good news is there’s an equally delicious swap to be made that will help boost you through the colder months.
Pop the kettle on and grab a Tetley Herbal teabag.
For your afternoon pep up, Fresh Mint is the way to battle the dreaded post-lunch lethargy. Mint tea has long been tipped as the go-to drink to ease bloating and indigestion as well as helping to keep you feeling zen thanks to being caffeine-free.
As for bedtime, it’s all about Camomile. The tea’s gentle floral and aniseed flavours are the perfect remedy for a busy brain and helps you drift off to sleep.
3. Sound the (natural) alarm
While the clocks going back is great for a one-off extra hour’s kip, we still have to deal with dark and uninviting mornings that make it all the harder to shuffle out of bed.
One way to top up your winter wellness is to try out a natural light alarm clock.
Instead of the spine chilling tones of your phone alarm, natural alarm clocks let you set a window of time in the morning and gradually emit light, reaching its brightest at the time you set to wake up.
The clocks are touted as an effective solution for those of us prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as they help to regulate your sleep cycle while being exposed to light early in the day helps with the daily cycle of hormones, metabolism and resetting your internal clock.
4. Adjust your workout
When it comes to winter and fitness, it’s important not to pile expectations on yourself based on your summer routine.
Early morning hikes and park workouts might be all well and good when the sun is shining, but suddenly loses its appeal when it’s frosty and rainy outside.
To make sure you’re still benefiting from the mental and physical gains of working out, tailor your routine to something that works for you.
This could be everything from swapping your outdoor sprints for a home workout with a couple of dumbbells or introducing a pre-bed yoga routine and foam roller cool down to help clear your mind for sleep.
5. Level up with your meals
While summer can have us grazing on fresh fruit and experimenting on the barbecue, winter can often see us neglect what our body and mind needs in favour of heavy comfort foods.
Make sure you’re complimenting your winter comforts with foods and drinks that will give you a boost without turning it into an arduous task.
Simply sprinkling a handful of protein-rich, antioxidant chia seeds in your porridge every morning is an easy way to fuel your body for the winter months.
Equally, nourishing your body with a mint tea to ease bloating is a quick way to make sure you’re feeling at the top of your game as opposed to sluggish.
Complement your winter wellness with Tetley’s Herbal teas.