The Winter months often bring a lot of colds and feelings of unwellness. To combat this, you want to find as many ways to promote good health and wellbeing as possible, and implement them in your daily life. These can not only allow you to keep yourself healthy, in terms of reducing your likelihood of contracting winter illnesses, but may also aid in your overall health, wellbeing, and longevity.
Maintaining Good Hygiene
Whenever you feel the need to cough or sneeze, whether you have a confirmed illness or not, it’s best to suppress it if possible, to minimise the chance of any virus spreading – especially throughout the current pandemic. As well as this, if you use a branded face shield at work, this can help you to keep any germs to yourself, with less risk of contaminating customers or colleagues if you have COVID or another spreadable illness. For those who do not currently have a face shield or mask, and still use their hands or a tissue, it is imperative that you do not touch anything else until you have washed your hands, preferably with an antibacterial handwash. Otherwise, you may find that you, and others, continuously spread germs around the surfaces you touch and, therefore, to each other.
Keeping yourself physically healthy can go a long way towards preventing winter illnesses. When you eat a balanced diet, rich in vitamins and minerals, you will be enabling your body with what it needs to remain healthy, including to boost your immune system and fight any viruses or infections.
This may involve cutting back on overly processed foods, or those with too high calories. Instead, you should try to include more lean protein and fibre within your diet.
At the same time, you can also boost your physical health by ensuring you get enough exercise. Experts recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of intensive exercise every day. This can help keep your heart, and other organs, in prime condition, and boost your metabolic rate, which can allow you to lose weight quicker.
You may find it helpful to speak to a doctor or dietician prior to making any changes, especially if you already have an underlying health condition.
Looking after your mental health can also go a long way towards keeping yourself healthy, particularly in winter. Some individuals find that, when the nights draw in and the weather is colder, they feel like their mood becomes lower. This effect, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, can be caused by a lack of Vitamin D from the sun, as well as a drab and dreary feeling from how dark everything feels. To overcome this, you may benefit from taking supplementary vitamins which can help you to still get the recommended daily amount of Vitamin D.
On top of this, poor mental wellbeing can affect your ability to carry out your usual daily tasks, and even inhibit your immune system, so it is vital you take some time for yourself to help combat this.
When there are so many factors that contribute towards good health, you want to make sure you are considering each of them. In doing so, you can help yourself to become fitter and less likely to be prone to illness in winter, and all year round.
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