Winter health maintenance is among some of the most important you can grapple with. The cold weather, the limiting of light hours in the day, and the general sense of oppression that dark, wet and cold can give you can sometimes lead you to feel a little less healthy than you are, perhaps mentally, physically, emotionally, or all three. Anyone can head out into the summer sun and feel sustained and nurtured by the sun, but in the winter it can be hard to take care of. Seasonal depression can be a real thing for many, many people, and often those same folks don’t realize they’re experiencing this until the spring rolls back around again, with its light early mornings and comfortable, blossoming optimism.
That doesn’t mean that the fall or winter periods are difficult, terrible months that we must all try and ‘survive.’ Winter can be one of the most profound, reflective and cosy months to experience if you know how to do it right. Everyone knows, good health often translates to a good mindset, which translates to a good life. It’s important to consider this, because it might just help you put these winter steps into solid action:
Vitamin D works as a hormone in your body, not only an effective mineral. It helps regulate your sleeping patterns, your skin and dental health, your cognitive function, and acts as a strong supporter of your immune system. In the winter, a lack of sunlight can lead most people to seriously lack in Vitamin D. If you find yourself prone to continual headaches, feel as though waking in the morning is a complete and total chore, or you’re not as comfortable in yourself as you should be despite eating all of the right things, it could be that added Vitamin D supplementation is required. A solid helping of around 4000 IU’s a day should be enough for a healthy adult, but be sure to speak to your Doctor if deciding to add many supplements to your diet, as your personal requirements might vary.
Exercise is essential in winter. It helps kickstart our days past the morning drudgery, and helps us feel more awake and alert. This period can often tempt people to overindulge in food. You might find yourself drinking hot chocolates, eating mince pies, and generally consuming much more than you otherwise would. Good exercise habits can help you avoid those issues, by not only help you maintain a good weight and word off your holiday feasts, but to shake off those winter cobwebs and help you feel more alert. You might feel gross walking into the gym on a cold, wet and dark Monday morning, but we can guarantee heading to work after a solid training session will give you a light, fresh and warm perspective. Then, walking from the gym in the cold becomes comfortable, nippy and can stimulate our best thoughts. Exercise is essential, so be sure to prioritize it.
Personal Care Knowledge
Employing personal care in any period isn’t going to work as well as it might if you haven’t already considered learning about how to manage conditions you might be dealing with. Sometimes a quick search online can gift you the knowledge you might have been lacking, such as how to get rid of a stuffed nose (for that, click here.) It’s important to know that your long-held beliefs that were maybe passed down through your family might not work, or that they might need to be tweaked. It might be that medication over the counter could be well substituted for a cheaper alternative. In any case, simply checking medical and informational resources to ensure that your little winter tricks still work can help you avoid wasting time on bad practices.
Taking A Break
Winter is often quite a hard time of year for many people. It signifies a huge working effort in order to get projects completed by the end of the year, and you might be working overtime in order to fund your Christmas period more completely. Your child might have plenty of school Christmas shows planned, and we all know that the busy periods in our life alway seem to grow in stress due to a bunch of unexpected surprises we might not have considered or predicted. Be sure to take a break if you can. Working too hard in winter can lead to some real seasonal sadness, or even affect your immune system. Take a break where and when you can, and you’ll make it through the end of the year with grace.
With these tips, you’re sure to get through winter effectively.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.