4 Simple Tips to Stay Healthy In the Winter Months
As autumn slides into winter, the temperature falls, and the days get darker and shorter. As that happens, we start feeling a little run down, low on energy, and we’re more susceptible to winter viruses. We know it’s coming, but we don’t always take steps to protect our physical and mental health.
Get Your Daily Dose of Daylight
Being busy with work, social lives and family commitments, plenty of us can go a week without really seeing daylight. We commute to work, leaving in the darkness, spending all day at our desks and return home in darkness. Spending less time in the sun can have a big mental and physical toll, from low moods and trouble with our circadian rhythm to Vitamin D deficiency. The shift in available sunlight between summer and winter months is dramatic. You can attempt to compensate by getting hold of a daylight lamp or a sunrise alarm clock that simulates dawn to gently adjust your body as you wake, and also aim to get moving outside at lunch time. These steps may help to combat the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Increase Your Vitamin Intake
As our intake of fresh foods tends to lower during the winter months, often our bodies struggle to deal with all the viruses that circulate at this time of year. Strengthen your health and immune system by adding additional supplements into your diet and trying to ensure that you ‘eat a rainbow’ of different fruits and vegetables.
You could try adding a supergreens powder to your daily smoothie to top off your intake. Don’t forget to up your intake of fish, as the volume of Omega 3, and Vitamins A and D help to prevent seasonal disorders and a range of things from brain function to eye care.
In the colder months our fluid intake tends to drop, and many suffer from dehydration. The use of central heating and lower humidity levels can dry out our skin, eyes, nose, and throat.
Consider buying a reusable metal water bottle and keep it with you. Another good idea is to use a humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep. These can make the atmosphere more comfortable and lower your risk of coming down with airborne diseases.
When we go into hibernation mode, it can be easy to stay inside and spend less time with friends and family. But it’s important for our mental health to keep these connections. Try to find activities that bring you together with people, whether it’s hosting a holiday dinner, watching football with your friends, or going sledding with your kids. Avoid isolation during the colder months by simply spending time with others.
Many of us struggle to stay healthy during the winter months. By taking a few extra steps we can ensure both our physical and mental health remain healthy and strong.
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