Winter Wellness

Winter can be a trying time both mentally and physically. The days are darker, colder, and shorter and our bodies become more susceptible to all kinds of winter ailments that can make winter seem longer. I know when the weather is gloomy I feel gloomy. That's no excuse to stay inside and hide away, instead Thann Sanctuary Spa (Tarrytown, NY) encourages guests to be proactive about their health this time of year. Here are some tips for winter wellness from the team at Thann Sanctuary Spa that will help you stay well mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Drink plenty of room-temperature water throughout the day.  Room-temperature water helps to warm up your organs especially in the morning after you wake up.  Drink at least eight glasses of water each day. The moisture will also help make mucous membranes, including those in your sinuses which are more resistant to bacteria.
Increase the presence of aromatherapy in your daily life.  Aromatherapy can boost self esteem, confidence, hope and mental strength, and it uplifts spirits and fights depression. This can also be very helpful to drive away depression due to work-related stress, personal life, insecurity, loneliness, stagnation and many other reasons. THANN's Oriental Essence Aroma Diffuser fills a room with a blissful aroma of Kaffir Lime and Lemongrass to promote restful sleep and enhance emotional well-being and is known to help relieve anxiety.
It is very important to exfoliate regularly throughout the winter months. Dead skin cells reduce the amount of absorption you normally get from the products you apply, and increase winter dryness and irritation.  It is best to exfoliate the skin on your face once or twice a week to reduce dead skin cells.  Natural ingredients like oatmeal (THANN's Oatmeal Face Scrub) that “digest” your dead skin cell are effective, safe, and work wonderfully to reduce dead skin. Even five minutes of exfoliation is extremely beneficial.  THANN's Aromatic Wood Body Scrub exfoliates your skin.  Rinse off with Aromatic Wood Shower Gel while enjoying the aroma with three drops of essential oil.

Enjoy the great outdoors. This is a perfect opportunity for a healthy and productive breathing exercise.  A brisk walk outdoors can provide a change of scenery and terrain, which can help stave off boredom. The more fresh oxygen you take in, the cleaner and healthier your blood circulation will become.  Walking outdoors in the winter can help strengthen your bones, improve your mood, motivate you to exercise, and burn calories.
You can reap many of the benefits of age-old healing practices with your own hands and tame tension headaches. Using THANN Sea Foam oil, place your thumbs on your cheekbones close to your ears, and use your fingertips to gently apply pressure and rub the temples (the soft spot between the corner of your eye and your ear). Using firm pressure in a tiny circular motion, gradually move your fingers up along your hairline until they meet in the middle of your forehead, massaging your entire forehead and scalp as you inch along.
It is very important to have a daily moisturizing routine to help maintain your skin—especially in winter. Products and their ingredients are very important.  Avoid any oil-based moisturizers. The oil-based offerings are going to clog your pores, which can cause breakouts.  THANN recommends Aromatic Wood Body Milk or Nano Shiso Body Butter which absorbs into the skin within minutes. Nano Shiso Extract acts as an antioxidant helping to guard against pre-mature aging, while Aromatic Wood Body Milk won't clog pores and has no artificial color or fragrance but helps provide silkier skin with its naturally nourishing, non-greasy formula.

Although it sounds so simple, wash your hands - often.   This is the most effective way to stop the spread of germs, infections and illness. Experts recommend washing hands every few hours. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community. Give them a wash after touching someone else’s phone or keyboard at work.

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