If the cold winter days leave you feeling a little low, you’re not alone. Our energy is affected by the environment around us. When nature slows down, our bodies do the same.
You might feel inclined to reach for the coffee and sugary snacks to boost your energy, but these short-term tactics can leave you even more depleted (after an initial high). Instead, try to balance your energy levels naturally, rather than forcing an artificial rush that will always be followed by a dip.
Balance means that you do embrace the restfulness of the season, and give yourself permission to use this as a time of reflection and gentleness. But in doing so, you can still cultivate a steady form of energy — using the power of plants, food, and nature — to see you through the shorter days and maintain your motivation to get on with all of the things you need to do.
Here are a few energy-supporting suggestions from the Zen Maitri team.
Balance cold weather with warming food and herbs
Ayurveda is one of the oldest medicine systems in the world. Originating from India, it’s rooted in principles of balance; with food and herbs working to balance each individual’s constitution and the impact of environmental factors, including seasons and the weather.
Ayurvedic wisdom suggests that if we feel unwell or lacking in energy, it’s because something’s out of balance. Figure out what that imbalance is and adjust your diet and lifestyle habits accordingly, and you’ll start to feel better.
To gently energise during the winter months, opt for warming drinks — without too much caffeine if you can avoid it. Hot water with lemon and honey is a perfect energiser. You could also brew a delicious mug of our Energy Tea, which is blended with ginger root, green tea (naturally caffeinated), and immune-boosting ginseng.
Cook warm, hearty food. We love warm oats for the morning, and soups made from root vegetables at lunch time. Supplement this kind of approach with our easy-to-digest herbal Energy Capsules to boost your body and mind with even more plant power.
We talk about sleep a lot at Zen Maitri. And with good reason. When it comes to energy levels, it may seem obvious… but if you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t feel revitalised and energetic during the day.
But in our busy, stressful lives, it’s all too common to push sleep to the bottom of our list of priorities and put strain on our bodies by staying up late, getting up early, and being constantly on the go.
Even the way you choose to relax in the evening could be draining your energy. If you’re up late looking at a screen, for example, you might feel as though you’re switching off and chilling out — but your brain is highly stimulated and the quality of your sleep will be affected.
If you’re not sleeping well, or not sleeping enough, the first thing to do is take an honest look at your evening routine. What could you change? Could you turn off your electronic devices earlier? Could you opt for some relaxing meditation or yoga practice instead of a high-impact workout late at night? Could you read a book instead of watching TV?
Make your sleep-supportive routine even more restful by incorporating natural scents and herbs that will leave you feeling blissfully drowsy. The added benefit is that you’ll start looking forward to your peaceful evenings; your sleep routine can become a positive part of your self-care routine.
Try our Deep Sleep Collection to get you started. It includes lavender essential oil (well known for its relaxing properties that help your body settle into sleep), our Night Time Bath Salts, herbal capsules packed with plant extracts that will help you relax and wind down, and a cosy Night Time Tea that eases you into the evening.
Psst: For more information on how herbs can support a healthy sleep routine, check out this blog post.
Support your immune system
Among the most common causes of persistent low energy, particularly during winter, is a compromised immune system. Our bodies have to work hard to keep us going — and we can always benefit from some extra immune support.
When your immune system is maxed out, you might feel tired, unmotivated, and find it difficult to get up on those dark mornings. In contrast, when the immune system is functioning well and your body is fit and strong, it’s much easier to feel a spring in your step and welcome the beauty of the season.
Eating nourishing food and getting enough sleep are both important practices to care for your immune system. You can also draw on the power of medicinal herbs and essential oils to give your body the extra help it needs to thrive.
Our Immunity Bundle will equip you with a super immune-boosting tea to drink at any time of day, using echinacea root, tulsi, rosehip and other fragrant and nourishing herbs to help your immune system function well. It also includes our powerful immunity capsules to give you a big boost of immune-supportive herbs up to three times a day.
If capsule supplements aren’t your thing, our Immunity Tincture can be added to warm water to be taken as a drink; it’s full of those same uplifting herbs, with the addition of a herb called amla, known for its purifying and restorative properties.
Remember to give yourself a break
We’re human beings. We’re not supposed to be consistent all of the time. Our energy fluctuates and shifts, just as the world around us does. If you’re finding it difficult to stay on top of life’s demands this season, remember to give yourself the time and space you need to breathe and simply be where you are.
Looking for an easy way to wind down and give yourself a break? Sign up to our one of our meditation classes; see here for more.