Winter wellness is important! During the cold and flu season, many people are exposed to viruses that can keep them down and out for days. Focusing on wellness at this time of year can help you stay healthy. These four tips can help you fend off illnesses at a time when they're prevalent.
1. Wash Hands Frequently
You already wash your hands throughout the day, but in winter it's smart to wash your hands more often, especially after touching doorknobs, garbage can lids and other surfaces that are touched by other people. Keep hand sanitizer on your desk at work, in your purse or on your dresser at home. Use it frequently!
Keep lotion on hand as well. Frequent hand washing and hand sanitizer can be drying for the skin.
Exercising helps your body stay strong. It also helps you keep the weight off! Establish an indoor exercise routine to help you stay fit throughout the long winter. If the building where you live has stairs, walk the stairs many times each day to exercise your leg muscles. Do extra cleaning inside to keep your body moving, and buy a pair of lightweight dumbbells that you can lift while you watch television.
If you have a dog, take your pet for extra walks on mild winter days! You'll both benefit from the extra activity.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation can compromise your immune system. Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. If you're not getting enough sleep, rearrange your schedule to go to bed earlier in the evening. Not sure if you're getting enough sleep? Start tracking how much you're getting. Then, evaluate how you feel throughout the day; you should have energy!
It's helpful to know the symptoms of sleep deprivation. Symptoms include depression, forgetfulness, clumsiness, and impaired judgment.
If you suffer from insomnia, consult with your physician. Sleep deprivation can have serious long-term effects, so take care of this problem soon.
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