With cold, short days and limited sunshine, it can be tough to stay healthy during the winter months. But these easy tips can help you and your family stay healthy regardless of what it's doing outside!
There is no magic pill you to guarantee you won't get sick during the cold winter months, however a few preventative measures may be just what you need to beat the winter blues.
5 Winter Wellness Tips
1. Wash Your Hands
Mom was right: washing your hands is the best way to prevent spreading germs from person to person. Washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.
2. Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face
Even if you wash your hands regularly, touching your face, especially the eyes, nose and mouth, is an easy way to spread germs.
3. Get Sunshine
SAD – Season Affective Disease – affects both your mood and your health. Winter's shorter days can make it difficult to get enough natural sunshine. For those suffering from SAD, using special light therapy lamps as a sunshine substitute may help fight winter depression, according to WebMD.
4. Eat Healthy
Winter weather doesn't mean you have to over-indulge in heavy "comfort foods." Hot soups and stew made with lots of vegetables and herbs will keep you warm and full. Eating a healthy diet supports gut health, while poor eating can change the composition of your gut microbiome, leaving you open to attack from harmful bacteria.
5. Stay Active
It can be easy to forgo your fitness routine during the winter when cold days and snowy roads are a deterrent to outside workouts – or even just driving to the gym. When the weather is too blustery to venture outdoors, check out some of the many free online workouts you can do from the comfort of your home.
Staying healthy throughout the winter is important for your physical and psychological health. Smart but simple steps will help you feel better this winter, and can help prevent a serious cold or case of the flu.
Catherine Russell is Būband's Content Manager