Are You Physically Prepared for the Winter Season?
It should come as no surprise that winter is a time where illnesses are common and people feel horrible. Despite being a time of festive celebrations such as Christmas and New Year, it’s a time where it’s easy to get sick should you not prepare the right countermeasures. Planning is everything when it comes to preparing for the winter season, and below you’ll find some helpful tips that will ensure you’re healthy when the celebrations start.
Boost your immunity now
It’s best to take some preemptive measures to boost your immunity before the cold settles in. A great way to do this is to drink lots of lemon tea with honey and to also eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. There are many other foods that boost your immune system, but citrus is one of the most common. Ginger can also help a lot, so if you like the taste or can stand it, pop a slice or two of ginger into your honey lemon tea or purchase tea bags of honey lemon tea.
Wrap up in more layers
It sounds obvious, but remember to wrap yourself in more layers especially at home. Yes, at home, not just outside. Keeping warm indoors is important because you want to try and rely less on your central heating (discussed more below). Make sure you’re wearing warm socks (you can double-up if you want!) and keep some gloves on if you frequently have to be outside. In short, try to keep as few parts of your body exposed as possible. At night, make sure you add a blanket or two more to keep yourself nice and toasty at night= or consider getting thicker covers. Just make sure they’re not too heavy because you don’t want to sweat too much during your sleep.
Wash your hands frequently
Illnesses can quickly spread around this time of year, so it’s best to keep your hands clean whenever you have a chance. You may want to carry around some hand sanitizer especially if your job involves being in public. Wearing gloves is another option, just make sure you wash those gloves between uses to keep germs away. When in a public place, consider wearing a face mask to shield yourself from other people sneezing. Germs can easily be transmitted via physical contact as well, so if you’re really worried about contracting something, then keep handshakes to a minimum too.
Keep an eye on weather forecasts
Try and keep an eye on weather forecasts. When the weather is moist, such as after a period of heavy rain, viruses and germs can survive longer in the air which means they can linger around after someone has sneezed or coughed. Germs are often blown away when there are periods of heavy wind, so when it’s blowing strongly outside you can feel a little safer knowing that the germs have left the area. You also want to keep an eye on weather like rain so you know when to take an umbrella with you and when to leave it at home.
Stop relying on central heating
Central heating can help make you feel a little warmer when indoors, but it can also kick up dust and germs from your carpets due to the way convection heaters work. Central heating can destroy our immune systems and also dry out the mucus that protects our noses. If you feel dry and stuffy when indoors, then turn down the central heating and wrap yourself in a few extra layers of clothing instead. If you need to have the heating on, then consider getting a humidifier to prevent the air from drying out.
Drink lots more water
Our bodies need a lot of water to help us through the winter. It helps to keep our bodies hydrated and it also assists in cleaning out the toxins in our bodies. Being hydrated allows us to fight against different airborne germs, and the flushing of toxins in our bodies can help us recover from a previous cold or infection. Drinking hot tea also counts, but it has the added effect of warming us up from the inside.
Get an examination when possible
If you’re worried about your physical condition or if you plan to go on holiday over the winter period, then make sure you visit a doctor and speak to them about getting an examination done. A full physical examination is a great way to determine if there’s anything wrong with your body and it can identify weaknesses in your health that can be patched up before the winter comes. An examination might seem a little overkill, but if you want the best analysis for your body, there’s really no other option.
Get some extra sleep
Sleep helps us recharge our bodies and helps to get us ready for the next morning. Getting an extra 30 minutes or an hour of sleep during the winter can help us feel a lot more focused and alert throughout the entire day. If you wake up groggy or feeling like you can’t handle the morning, then you may need a bit of extra sleep to help recharge your body a little more. Remember that sleeping less is already harmful to your body, so doing it during the winter can only make things worse
Keep taking those vitamins
If you’ve been taking vitamins like a multivitamin or fish oil, then don’t forget to continue taking your supplements. Your body is going to need them more than ever thanks to the cold weather and increased risk of catching an illness. While skipping out a tablet or two of your supplements won’t make a huge difference during other seasons, it could be the difference between being stuck in bed over Christmas and enjoying it with your family.
Hopefully, these tips have given you some insight into how you can be physically prepared for the winter. It’s a harsh season for most people which is why it’s important to do your best to prepare your body and mind for it.