Taking Care Of Your Health During The Colder Months is a collaborative post.
Autumn and winter can be a tough time for your health. The colder weather can affect our immune systems, while the darker mornings and early evenings can also take their toll on our mental health. Taking extra steps to look after your health is important at this time of year, ensuring that you can enjoy the festive season and spend time with your family without being plagued by nasty colds and viruses.
Take a look at some simple tips to help you take care of your health during the colder months.
Taking Care Of Your Health During The Colder Months
Get Your Flu Jab
It’s not too late for you to get your flu jab. If you’re considered ‘at risk’ because of pregnancy, chronic illness, old age or working in the healthcare industry – it’s important that you get your flu jab. Even if you’re not at risk, you can still pay to have a flu jab in places such as your local pharmacy or supermarket to help you reduce your risk of being struck. Make sure your kids get theirs too to keep the whole family safe this winter.
Up Your Cleaning Game
Germs spread easily between work colleagues and classmates, making it easy for germs to spread at home too. Even if your home is already super clean, it doesn’t hurt to up your game a bit more. Make the most of antibacterial products such as wipes and sprays to help you keep germs to a minimum. Now is the time to minimise cold and flu germs at home, so keep your home as clean as possible.
Healthier eating can boost your immune system and keep that unwanted winter weight gain at bay. There are plenty of things you can do to eat healthier including making an effort to cook your meals from scratch, eating more fruit and vegetables and avoiding sugary or salty foods. Many people have success by following a meat-eating diet, which can be great for the winter months due to the increased protein intake. Overhaul your diet to help you form healthier habits and to give your body what it needs during the winter.
Take Your Vitamins
Do you regularly get your recommended daily vitamin intake? If not, you could be facing a tough time health-wise during the winter months. With your immune system more susceptible to illness at this time of year, and illnesses more likely to spread, ensuring your body gets the vitamins and minerals it needs could help give your health a boost. Some things you can do to add to your vitamin intake include eating healthy soups and smoothies and taking supplements. Top food tracking apps will help you stay on track and show you how many nutrients your favourite foods contain.
While going outside might be the last thing you want to do during the colder months, hiding away can do more damage than you might think. Even winter sun provides us with vitamin D, which can guard against a number of illnesses. Getting outdoors also provides you with opportunities to exercise, and mental health experts often discuss the benefits of being outdoors. Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise, so there’s no excuse for not staying active during the winter. Put some warm clothes on and enjoy some seasonal strolls.
While some fresh air now and then is good for you, being cold isn’t. When you’re at home, you need to make sure that your house is well heated to help keep you healthy and ensure that you’re comfortable. Having hot water bottles and plenty of blankets are great ways of staying warm for those looking to keep their bills down. If you have elderly relatives, make sure to check in on them and make sure that they’re keeping their homes properly heated.
Laughter is good for you, so why wouldn’t you do more of it? There are many health benefits associated with laughter which make for a good excuse to have a good old chuckle. The cold winter months can affect people in many ways, and if you tend to get down at this time of year, the consider doing, watching and reading things that make you laugh and surrounding yourself with people who make you smile. A good comedy in front of the fire is a wonderful way to spend your evenings, so why not give it a try and see if it helps to boost your mood?
Make Better Use Of Your Local Pharmacy
Your local pharmacy is a good place to get health information and advice. Many health conditions don’t need medical attention from a doctor and using your pharmacy to get medication and help to deal with minor ailments and injuries can free up doctor surgeries to help those who are really in need this winter. Stock up on the essentials to help you tackle colds and bugs as soon as possible and don’t be afraid to visit your pharmacist in the first instance of an illness – you could save yourself hours at the GP for something you can just treat at home!
Get More Sleep
A lack of sleep is another thing which can have ill effects on your health, so aim to get a more restful sleep this winter. From making your bedroom a relaxing environment to going to bed a little earlier at night, there are things you can do to help you get the sleep you need. Focus on getting around 8 hours a night to help you function at your best.
With winter just around the corner, now is a good time to start boosting your health. From kicking bad habits like poor eating and a lack of sleep to taking steps to stay warm and happy – there is a lot of self-care advice you could use to stay physically and mentally fit this winter. Start taking better care of your health now to help you make the most of this festive time of year.
What ways do you look after your health during the colder months?
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