Winter Getting You Down?

By Jordan Petersen

Winter is here and so are the runny noses, candy filled celebrations, and snowy grounds. Try to avoid the Winter sniffles by following the tips below:

Make Sure You Get Enough Vitamin D And C

Because there are shorter days in winter and the preference of cuddling up in a blanket instead of going out into the freezing temperatures, you will be exposed to much less sunlight than in other seasons. This can cause Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a form of Depression that correlates with the lack of sunlight. Sunlight is also a powerful source of Vitamin D so take advantage of the sunnier days in winter and play in the snow or go for a walk. If it’s not possible to go outside while sunny or if it’s just a constant snow storm out there, it’s a good idea to take a vitamin D supplement and maybe even invest in a Light Box, which can help if you are dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Eat foods rich in vitamin C and take a vitamin C supplement because it can boost your immune system. Stress can be our body’s response to the cold weather, darker days, and holiday shopping. The cold temperatures can also cause runny noses, coughs, and other flu symptoms. If you have a good immune system, it can hold up against stress and fight away any cold like symptoms.

Handle The Sugar Wisely

Chances are, you’re going to get delicious treats from family, friends, and coworkers. You should definitely eat some of these treats, but try not to eat them all in one day. Spread them out over a few days and eat them sparingly. Even better, share the treats you were given with others and let them enjoy it too! If you would like to bake other people goodies, why not experiment and try to make them healthy desserts? They will love it!

Drink Water

Drinking water is probably the last thing you want to do when you are freezing from the icy water outside. We tend to drink more water only when it’s hot and sunny outside, but we can become dehydrated in any kind of weather. You might not feel thirsty in the colder months of the year, but it is still important to drink about 8 cups of water a day. Water helps to keep your body processes running smoothly.

Avoid Dry Skin

Cracked and painful tears in the skin is something most people can say they suffer from in Winter. Make sure you keep your skin hydrated by drinking water, adding a humidifier to your home, and by putting some kind of natural moisturizer on your skin, such as coconut oil or honey infused lotion.

Keep Exercising

Depending on how you exercise, your routine may be interrupted for a few months as Winter passes through. Jogging in the morning might not be possible if the sidewalks are icy. You also might dread going to the gym because you don’t want to drive on the slippery roads. No matter what the reason is, do try to get exercise in when you can. You can get moving by shoveling the heavy snow in your driveway, doing chores around the house, setting up some exercise equipment in your house, and even going to the gym directly after work while you’re already driving anyway.

Avoid Injuries

You can easily slip on icy ground. No one wants to break a leg or a hip, so be sure to salt any icy pathways and railings and be sure to look for icy spots when walking.

Rinse Your Nose to Prevent Allergies

Rinsing out your nose sounds gross, but can be worth it if you suffer from bad allergies in the winter (or any season for that matter). You can buy a Neti Pot that comes with a nose cleaning solution or you can make your own. All you need is a medicine dropper, filtered water, baking soda, and salt. HealthLinkBC’s advice for this is to do 1 cup of distilled water, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

You don’t have to suffer while you wait for the 3 long winter months to slowly pass by. There are ways to stay healthy and happy before, during, and after the holidays by simply adjusting your lifestyle a little bit. Follow these tips and you will see a reduction of colds in your home this winter.