Written by Sarah Walker, Guest Writer
Winter is here!
Changing seasons are a beautiful phenomenon. But, one time we are craving a nice sunbath and a ride to the beach, winter comes, and there is nothing more satisfying than a warm cup of hot chocolate and thick boots to enjoy the snow.
However, the weather changes that come with winter change our routine dramatically. Life becomes slower and lazy for some unusual reason, and it becomes harder to keep with our health and overall wellness.
To help you survive winters in a wholesome manner, here are 7 wellness tips you can benefit from to make the most of this season.
Get As Much Sunlight As Possible
Winters are magical, cold, and delightful. There are so many things that only winter has to offer, but what decreases as winter progresses is sunlight. To get the daytime light, you will have to spend some time under the sun. Not only will it be warm for you, but your body must be exposed to sunlight.
We know how days become short and nights become longer during winter. On top of that, most of our day time is spent indoors as working hours. This means there is no time left for us to get the warmth of the morning sunlight, especially with its low intensity during this season.
However, if you try, you can always make the most of it even if it seems impossible. For starters, you can walk to your office or school. Not that you have walked the entire distance, but getting off the bus a block before your destination can give you a chance to get some sunlight.
You can also walk to your park twice a week or walk to your nearest store to get some sun.
Drink Lots Of Fluids
The worst that happens to us during winters is the dry skin and scalp, chapped lips, and dehydration because we don’t crave water in winter as much as in summers.
However, you don’t have to wait for your body to be reminded to take fluids. You have to drink lots of water regardless of the season. Drink plenty of fluids even if your body doesn’t ask for them. Don’t wait to get thirsty. Just drink water whenever you get a chance.
The best way is to carry a water bottle with you. A water bottle is a constant reminder that you need to drink water. You will always unconsciously drink some when you have it in front of you. If you want, you can also use a metal straw in a cup of water, making it easier for you to drink more. Plus, it will also make it easier for you to build it as a habit. As humans, even a minor inconvenience like opening a bottle of water seems big. So go for an easy way out if possible.
Remember to stay as much hydrated as you can to prevent your skin from drying out in winter.
Keep Your Head Covered
The best you can do for yourself during winter is to keep yourself protected. Our feet, hands, ear, and nose are some common ways we get cold. Hence, to ensure complete wellness during winters, always keep yourself covered head to toe.
People often keep their hair down during winters which is another way to keep ears covered. On the other hand, a couple more protective layers of clothing will never harm you. Unfortunately, no matter how many clothes you put on in some parts of the world, it will never be enough.
Therefore, always make sure you cover yourself, especially your head, even if you are going out for a minute. Who knows, a minute without proper clothing could cost you ten days of runny nose and cough.
Overcome Your Winter Blues
It is something about winter that lowers our mood and makes us upset out of nowhere. Scientists have to say that our hormones, which are chemical messengers in our bodies, have a critical role in our bodies.
They claim that a reduced amount of sunlight makes our mood gloomy and induces lethargy like never before (remember to go out in the sun more now).
So what can you do to battle these mood changes?
Get yourself a dog!
Anyone who owns an American bulldog or any other dog will swear that it works. Adopting a dog during any part of the year is delightful, but it helps you with your blues during winters. We think we are rescuing dogs from shelter homes to shower them with love and support when in reality, they are doing the same for us.
Dogs like pomeranians help us with our moods. They make us laugh out of joy and kill our time in the best way possible. So when you get home all down and lazy, your dog will come running to you to cheer you up for the rest of the night!
Winter makes it hard for us to stay proactive. The appealing warm blankets and the comfy bed make it harder for us to think of doing something productive.
However, our bodies need the right amount of physical activity to stay in shape and fight lethargy. If we don’t, we might soon become unproductive couch potatoes.
You can continue going to the gym during winters. If a snowstorm has made it impossible to go out, make sure you keep up with your exercises at home. You can even go out to play with your kids or walk your dog down the block for some physical activity. Even long walks of solitude during late wintery nights are therapeutic.
Eat Healthy Foods
It is commonly believed that people eat more during winters. Even if people eat more, unsurprisingly, we eat more unhealthy food. Tea, coffee has become our mainstay, and every healthy food is off our plates.
It is highly encouraged to keep eating healthy during winter. Nature showers us with incredible fruits and vegetables during winter that are otherwise not found during other seasons. Use this opportunity to eat healthy foods and maintain a healthy diet for a healthy life.
Watch Out For Flu
The worst possible outcome of winter is getting the flu.
Flu spares no one. Every one of us gets sick with flu every winter and makes our lives miserable. Therefore, you should take every measure to protect yourself from the flu. One way is to get the flu shot as an extra measure of protection.
Other than this, keep dressing warmly, maintain a good temperature in the house, avoid going out unnecessarily and take extra care when coming out of the shower. Don’t let your hair sit wet for a long time.
Winters are fun only if you don’t get the flu. Hence, you can take care of yourself and still enjoy winters as much as you can.
Most people around the world prefer winter over other seasons. But it is also necessary to take care of our health and wellness as winter approaches. So make sure you are doing everything required to maintain your wellness and enjoy this winter season as much as possible.
About the Author
Sarah Walker has been a dog owner for the last 10 years, and is very passionate about it. She’s always been interested in what they eat, how they are cared for when we’re not around, and all those little things that make them happy. Her empathy has allowed her to understand dog’s requirements better than most people can. And because of this understanding, she has helped many dogs find their forever homes with loving families over the years.
Sarah is the Founder of dogfooddesire.com