Winter can be hard on your health. You might feel dehydrated from the dry air or feel down from a lack of Vitamin D, which your body makes when you’re in direct contact with sunshine. You might even catch the flu or another virus, which spreads more easily in cold and dry air.
In order to stay healthy in winter, you’ll want to try to take the best care of yourself holistically. Make sure you’re meeting all your mental, physical, and emotional needs.
Below, we list some ways to address these different areas and the reasons they can help you in staying healthy.
Get your vitamins:
Overall, vitamins assist your body in doing a number of important functions. For instance, Vitamin D helps to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, which strengthen bones. Vitamin C may help lower the risk for some cancers including those of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and breast. By taking a multivitamin, you might feel better by correcting a deficiency you didn’t even know you had.
Wash your hands properly:
Did you know that washing your hands is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Every time after returing form washroom, eating anything, shaking hands with group of people, touching unusually thing in a public place you must wash your hands properly.
Take care of your skin:
The frigid, dry air outside and indoor heating can take a toll on your skin during the winter. Keep your skin Soft and moisturized t in winter.
Remember to manage your stress:
Stress can negatively affect your musculoskeletal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, gastrointestinal system, nervous system. Best ways to manage stress in hard times are through self-care.
Some ways to do this are through: Avoiding drugs and alcohol, Finding support-Reach out to a partner, family member, friend, counselor, doctor, or clergyperson that can lend you their support, Connecting socially- Avoid isolating yourself, Take care of yourself- Do this through eating well, exercising, getting good rest, and/or giving yourself a break and Stay active- Staying active can help you to take your mind off your problems.
‘Treat yourself’ / ‘Me Time’ occasionally:
Treating yourself is the idea of giving yourself some ‘me time’ or small self-indulgence, guilt-free. Treating yourself is an act of self-compassion. Self-compassion is treating yourself with the same kindness and care you’d treat a friend. Acting compassionately towards yourself can help you in fostering better mental health.
Find ways to move more/ Exercise Daily:
There are many benefits to exercising regularly. Exercise can help: Control your weight, Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, strengthen your bones and muscles, Improve your mental health and mood.
Exercise in a way that you enjoy by finding a good, supportive gym or even by walking outside with a friend when the weather permits.