Winter is tough on the body at the best of times. Throw in a global pandemic and all the unique stressors that come with it - plus some festive indulgences – and our immune system may need some extra help to stay strong against environmental changes and internal shifts such as chronic stress. Stress especially can deplete the body's natural supply of balancing cannabinoids and contribute to dips in health and wellbeing.
Here are some of our go-to tips for winter wellness and stress relief:
Move your body.
Whatever the weather, keep your body moving each day. Regular physical activity helps to keep oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood circulating to immune cells, and the right amount of exercise has a protective effect on the body. We love to get the day moving with a morning dance - here's some of TEAM APOTHEM’s fave tunes.
Get enough quality sleep.
Sleep is our golden opportunity for rest and repair. Research shows that our sleep hormone, melatonin, has a profound ability to modulate and strengthen the immune system. Try and get into a consistent sleep-wake routine and reduce evening blue light exposure from electronic devices to help improve circadian rhythm.
Take a cold shower.
Coldwater immersion (particularly on your face, neck, and shoulders) is believed to activate the body’s natural healing powers. It can have immune stimulating effects by boosting circulation and lymph flow and increasing the time that our nervous system spends in restorative parasympathetic mode.
Spend time in nature.
Whenever we feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, there’s one place we always come back to. Nature. The physical and mental health benefits of a walk in a forest are incomparable as we are wired to be outside; our sensory system evolved in the natural world, and when we're in nature, our brains become relaxed, our blood pressure lowers, and our cortisol levels balance out. Read more about the scientific benefits of being in nature in this National Geographic article.
Top up with natural immune-boosters.
Immune-specific formulations can be a simple way to give the body an extra bit of protection. DEFENCE CBD oil drops are APOTHEM’s unsung hero for winter wellness, blending the highest quality hemp-CBD to support the body’s endocannabinoid system and supercharged with some of nature’s most potent immune boosters - boosting Shiitake Mushroom, antioxidant Ginger, vitamin C-rich Elderberry and supporting Echinacea.
And remember it’s all about balance. Have fun and stay well.