An icy chill can be a sure-fire way to leave you feeling under the weather. Yet, help is at hand. Here are our top health tips to keep you rosy-cheeked!
1. EAT WELL
Our top tip for winter health? Eat healthy food. Porridge = slow-release energy and fibre. A lunch of fruit and vegetables means natural minerals boost your immune system. Hearty soups, packed with garlic and ginger keep you away from unhealthy sugary snacks.
2. DRINK WELL
We all know the benefits of water hydration but milk is also a great source of protein, calcium and vitamin B12. Skimmed dairy milk has low saturated fat, whilst unsweetened soya milk also provides nutritional benefit.
3. SEE THE LIGHT
Maximise your exposure to daylight to prevent a sick winter. Our body reacts to reduced sunlight levels by increasing production of the hormone melatonin. This governs your tiredness, so the more bright light you can find, the better.
4. SLEEP TIGHT
A regular sleep pattern can work wonders for your winter wellbeing. Go to bed and wake up at the same times each day. Do not hibernate, as this could leave you feeling lethargic. Stop using your smartphone, at least one hour before bedtime.
5. REDUCE STRESS
Relax with yoga; connect with friends and keep active, to help to banish the winter blues. Have long baths and read a book. Work towards a positive mindset, free of worry or anxiety. Choose your battles and let the rest go!
6. WASH YOUR HANDS
Simple but effective. Washing your hands prevents the spread of germs. Before eating food, wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds and dry with a disposable paper towel. Deposit the used towel in the correct bin.
7. GET MOVING!
Physical activity is a brilliant way to lift your self-esteem. Feel the endorphins rush and the winter gloom vanish, as you complete your jog around the block. A few regular sessions of physical exercise is all it takes to rev up your va-va-voom.
8. WRAP UP!
Warm down by warming up! A cold house can cause sickness, so aim to keep your central heating around 18°C during the day. Wear layers of clothing, to keep the chill out and the heating bills down.
Essential oils offer an organic approach to winter health. Lavender oil can be used to allay anxiety and induce sleep, whilst Sage oil is thought to inhibit infections. Whilst of subjective benefit, many people use essential oils for a variety of ailments.