The days are finally getting shorter and nights are getting colder, which can only mean one thing - winter is coming.
With the major drop in temperatures, it’s important to make sure you’re looking after your health and doing everything you can to avoid catching the flu. With that in mind, here are 7 small changes you can make to make sure you’re looking after yourself this winter:
Wrap Up Warm
One of the best things about the colder weather is being able to wrap up warm. Grab your hats, scarves and chunky knits and make sure you’re nice and cosy whenever you leave the house.
Make Sure You’re Getting The Right Amount Of Sleep Each Night
It is recommended that you get between 7-8 hours of sleep a night, however, during the winter your body is likely to adjust to the darker nights and later mornings. Make sure you’re keeping an eye on how much you’re sleeping and whether or not you’re getting too much or too little.
Drink 8 Glasses Of Water A Day
In the summer it’s easy to remember to drink lots of water as you’re more likely to feel dehydrated and whilst it’s not as warm, it’s still important to remember to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day throughout winter. If you struggle, you could try using a water bottle that encourages you to drink at a specific time.
Eat A Balanced Diet And Ensure You’re Getting Enough Fruit And Veg
A balanced diet may be hard to follow during winter, especially when there are so many celebrations and parties to attend. Stick to a healthy eating plan where possible to ensure your body is getting all of the nutrients it needs to fight off the flu.
Look After Your Oral Health
Looking after your oral health is important all year round, especially in winter when your teeth are more sensitive to the cold weather. For more information on how to look after your oral health this winter, you can visit the Brushin' On Belmont website.
Keep Your House Warm
Keeping yourself warm when you leave the house is not the only winter essential, as you need to ensure your house is kept warm. Not only will it stop you catching the flu, but it will reduce the risk of damp and any bacterial infections spreading. You don’t need your heating to be on 24/7, just enough to keep the house warm - so don’t worry about it costing too much.
Don’t Stop Exercising
It may be tempting to stop working out now that it’s colder outside, but staying active during winter is incredibly important. If you’re finding it hard to find the motivation to leave the house, try finding exercises you can do from the comfort of your own (warm) home.
Practice Self Care
Darker days and duller skies mean that some people are more likely to experience Seasonal Affective Disorder. Although it’s hard to fight completely, try practicing self-care and looking after your wellbeing.
How do you look after your health during the winter months? Let us know in the comments!