With one of the coldest winters on record and the sniffing season approaching, here are seven top tips for staying healthy this winter.
The most obvious way to stay healthy is maintaining a healthy diet throughout the cold and dark months.
Yes, it is way too easy to want to order a takeaway every night and eat comfort food to distract you from the pitch black sky and the rain outside, however it’s important to ensure that you have your 5 portions of fruit and veg a day!
Winter vegetables such as: carrots, parsnips and swede, can be roasted, mashed or made into soup for a comforting winter meal, meaning you do not even realise you are filling up on healthy food!
Click here to find out how to make the perfect bowl of pumpkin soup.
Everybody says it, but sleep is essential to staying happy and healthy. Lack of sleep not only affects your mood but can also cause more stress and makes it harder to concentrate at work or in lectures (which you do not need, as deadline season is also approaching).
Try and go to bed and wake up at the same time every day (this may be impossible if you’re out on a Wednesday night) however implementing a regular sleeping pattern into your everyday life is only going to bring positive results.
When you start sniffing, coughing and can feel the cold coming on… Vicks Dual Defence Nasal Spray available in Boots or Superdrug is your way forward. It’s cheap and effective at only £6.55 and after just a few sprays you will wake up in the morning forgetting you ever felt rough!
4- Layering Up
Stay warm, wear layers when you go out and drink lots of warm drinks always. Herbal teas amazing, they can help to relax your body and allow you to sleep better!
5- Keep active!
Do not use the weather as an excuse to not stay fit and active throughout winter. Put your coat and scarf on and brave the walk to the gym to keep you feeling good and take care of your body.
Or.. if you really cannot bring yourself to leave the house what is stopping you working out at home? Go online, find fitness videos and exercises and make a circuit up from the comfort of your own bedroom.
6- Stay Hygienic
It sounds obvious but wash your hands. When getting off public transport especially, this is the easiest way for germs to spread.
Carrying hand gel on you at all times keeps you safe, this way you can protect your immune system and stop you from developing the flu from that person sitting next to you on the train who just sneezed (gross – I know).
7- Get Social
Make plans for those dark days where you really do not want to be bored and alone at home. The holiday season will be fast approaching making it the perfect time to reconnect with old friends, plan winter-themed days out and make time for loved ones!