Winter Wellness, What Can You Do To Help You Get Through The Cold Dark Nights And Office Sniffles?

It’s Winter: an excuse to binge Netflix and shut the curtains, but it’s not an excuse to stop taking care of yourself. Here are some elements you can incorporate into your week that could help improve your wellness.

  1. It sounds obvious, but keep hydrated. An average adult should be drinking 1.5-2Litres of water a day. An average child should be drinking 1-1.5Litres of water a day.
  2. There are plenty of free apps out there, like Calmwhich provide guided meditations, breathing exercises and sleep stories for both adults and children. A number of well-known people have spoken out about the wonders of Meditation in recent years: Film director, David Lynch, musician Sir Paul McCartney and actress Nicole Kidman are all advocates.
  3. Try and reduce dampness in your home over the winter months by following some handy tips from Energywise, such as closing the bathroom door after you shower, and ventilate the kitchen whilst you cook. Reducing the damp can reduce the risk of respiratory illness.
  4. Make the most of seasonal vegetables. 5aDaywill let you pick by the month and tell you what’s in season. Seasonal veg tends to be cheaper than imported or out of season veg. So, you’re saving money, and you’re getting in those vitamins.
  5. Remember to wash your hands and encourage your kids to do the same, especially before touching food or after sneezing or coughing. It can help reduce the spread of germs and illness. Wash hands for 20 seconds. Dry hands for 20 seconds.
  6. Are you a smoker? Have you always wanted to quit? Who wants to stand outside in the freezing cold whilst your friends and family are cosy inside anyway?  quit.org.nzand https://www.smokefree.org.nz/ are two great websites dedicated to helping you kick that habit.  Succeed and you could even reduce your life insurance premiums.
  7. Get some fresh air and exercise. According to Southern Cross: you can burn up to 50% more calories in winter than you would on the same walk in summer, as your body has to work harder to stay warm.If you’re not a fan of being outdoors, find a way to stay active indoors.
  8. Look after your brain. Sometimes feelings of anxiety or depression can feel amplified in the darker months. A lack of sun can really affect your mood. If you’re struggling in any way or just want to talk to someone there are always options available to you. Don’t suffer, get help.Your mental health is important.
  9. Get the influenza vaccination. Prevention is always better than a cure. See our segment on Flu Season.
  10. Take five minutes out and have a cup of tea. Go on, you deserve it.

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