Winter is here already, and while it has seemingly come out of nowhere, it is time to prepare for it none-the-less. While you are mourning the sun, start thinking about the cozy evenings by the fireplace, and the joy of holiday celebrations that are to come. That being said, it is also worth getting ready for the challenges that can happen to your body during this season. Colder temperatures, less daylight, and the potential for illnesses means that you need to start prioritizing taking care of your body.
This piece will discuss practical tips to help you maintain your health and well-being throughout the upcoming winter months.
1. Stay Warm and Dress Appropriately
One of the primary concerns during winter is being able to stay warm. If you expose your body to extremely cold temperatures, you could put yourself at risk for frostbite and hypothermia.
Make sure to dress in layers that can help trap warm air close to your body and use thermal clothing, gloves, scarves, and hats to keep all your exposed parts snug. Don’t forget your feet! Decent footwear is also essential to keep your feet warm and dry during the wetter and colder weather.
2. Maintain Proper Hydration
While it’s easy to remember to stay hydrated during hot summer months, it’s equally crucial in winter. The dry, heated indoor air can lead to dehydration, which can affect your skin and overall health. Aim to drink enough water daily, and consider warm beverages like herbal teas or hot water with lemon to stay hydrated.
3. Moisturize Your Skin
Cold, dry air (either outside or from heating) can leave your skin feeling dry, itchy, and even flaky. While you can’t control the weather, you can use a good-quality moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. It is best to pay special attention to your hands, face, and lips, as they are often the most exposed to the harsh elements. If you are struggling with dehydrated skin, consider getting a humidifier for your home as they can also help maintain moisture in the air and prevent excessive drying.
4. Protect Your Joints
For some people, cold weather can exacerbate joint pain, especially those with conditions like arthritis. Do your best to keep your joints warm by wearing enough layers and staying active. Gentle exercises and warm baths can also help minimize joint discomfort – and gives you a good reason to treat yourself to some new bubble bath.
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5. Exercise Regularly
It’s tempting to hibernate indoors during winter, but regular exercise is essential for your physical and mental well-being. Whether you go to the gym, prefer indoor activities like yoga, or go outside in the fresh air and take brisk walks when the weather allows, staying active helps boost your mood and immune system – both of which can take a dip during winter.