Taking care of YOU this winter

Develop Your Self Esteem

“Self-esteem is the quality above all others that determines how you respond to all the circumstances in your life.

A robust self-esteem improves the quality of your life and helps you learn to love yourself more. Taking even a little time just for you on a regular basis helps you realise that you’re worth it.

Take care of yourself

Doing something just for you means only for you. You may well enjoy a day with the family, thoroughly cleaning the garage or the kitchen take_care-630x320cupboards or wardrobe, but that is not what I am talking about. I’m talking about giving yourself something. It can be anything that is just for you, for instance, reading a good novel, going on a favourite walk, taking a long bath, resting when you are tired and caring for your body. Things like pampering yourself, having a warm and comfortable place to just be: a place you fill with love, preparing, cooking and eating what you love and taking time to enjoy it”.

Develop Your Self Esteem is taken from The Me I Want To Be by Vicki Rebecca – http://hypnotherapyaberdeen.co.uk/book-waiting/

Encourage a strong sense of self-worth beginning with looking after yourself this winter. Allow me to share an article, written by a friend Rasma Bertz

Dealing with the Onset of Winter


wrap up warm

Keep Cosy this Winter

Winter Anxiety

Many people feel stressed at the onset of winter, especially in the north of Scotland. Physiologically, this increases the need for B vitamins. B vitamins are depleted, not only by stress, but also by the usual winter increase in sugary foods and alcohol. While it is possible to take a B Complex supplement (like Higher Natures True Food B Complex), but it is also a good idea to increase foods including whole grains, lean meat, and milk (if you are ok with it). St John’s Wort and 5HTP are also useful supplements for those suffering with SAD (not to be used if taking antidepressant medication). You can also get daylight bulbs to put in your bedside and desk lamps. These really do make a difference.



St John's Wort - anti depressant properties

St John’s Wort

Winter Circulation

You are more likely to be affected by poor circulation in the winter, especially the older you are and the harsher the weather. Obviously, wrap up warmly when you go out – don’t be a slave to the fashion of exposed midriffs. If you get chilblains or cold toes and fingers then you may find Ginkgo Biloba useful. Make sure you are getting enough antioxidants like Vitamin E. For arthritic conditions, you may find Glucosamine Sulfate or MSM helpful. Winter Energy and Mood If you are feeling washed out and lacklustre, then topping up your Magnesium levels could help. Healthy snacks like nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are rich in Magnesium. Pulses (perfect for slow cooking) and whole grains are also high in this mineral. You can also take a supplement of around 300mg per day. Magnesium also supports the work of vitamin B in reducing stress levels. Winter Aches and Pains With the onset of the cold and damp your joints will need some support. Oily fish like sardines, mackerel, and salmon are rich in anti-oxidant essential fatty acids called Omega 3s. Combined with Hemp oil or pumpkin seeds to maintain a healthy balance of Omega 6 and 3, your joints will stay lubricated. Try to have around 3 portions of the above fish per week. If you don’t like fish, then you can take omega 3 or fish oil capsules. Winter Coughs and Colds Following my introductory advice, you can fight back against respiratory infections by boosting your intake of Vitamins C and E, beta carotene and anti-oxidants. The best sources of these include red and yellow peppers, kiwi and citrus fruit, green leafy vegetables and nuts. Higher Nature do a great supplement called Rosehip C which provides 1000mg of vitamin C, which can be taken daily. Here’s a chance to be a follower of fashion as well – keep your neck warm with one of the gorgeous long, colourful scarves available, and remember that you lose most of your heat through your head, so keep it covered!

How to Contact Ras

Email: rasma@quantumnorth.com

Website: www.quantumnorth.com

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the richness and fullness of your life.


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5 replies
  1. Susan Robertson
    Susan Robertson says:

    Thank you so much for your helpful advice and kindness. I find plenty of sleep and keeping warm helps. Also a liitle fresh air too, going to meditation and reminding myself to try and follow your good advice helps survive winter xx

  2. Jill
    Jill says:

    Hi Vicky my winter preparations. are well underway…….freezer is stocked with homemade soups and I periodically take 2 cloves of raw chopped garlic…..works well either last thing at night or sometimes with food depending on whether the stomach can tolerate it on its own. I read last night about letting it stand for 10 mins before consuming so that all its healing properties will work at their optimum level….xx

  3. Vicki
    Vicki says:

    Yes Susan I am convinced we need extra sleep – I certainly do – and you are so welcome – you know what if I didn’t have others to share with and remind – I would probably forget to remind myself 🙂

  4. Vicki
    Vicki says:

    Hey Jill – so it is your prevantive medicine for winter?
    Interestingly I have just read this great post about garlic, and I quote:
    “The best way to eat garlic in order to receive the heart healthy nutrients from it, you must crush it up and eat it raw. This is because raw garlic contains the potent nutrients necessary to help provide the heart with optimal health benefits. Cooking garlic actually destroys many of the nutrients that can actually provide what is necessary to keep the heart healthy and strong. Some of the best ways to eat garlic raw is chopped up and tossed in salad or combined with a tablespoon of honey. Even adding crushed raw garlic to some freshly tossed bread with extra virgin olive oil can be a scrumptious way to get this herb into your body”.
    It made me laugh because the week before my 18 year old nephew was telling me how traumatised he had been if he got a cough when visiting ours as it inevitably meant several teaspoons of raw garlic – soaked in honey – poor kid but you know what – did the trick every time!!
    Roll out the old wives tales hahaha!

  5. Natalie
    Natalie says:

    A very informative blog and makes you more aware of how important it is to look after yourself as much as anyone else. All Blogs are informative and look forward to reading them when they arrive.

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