The woolly socks and padded jacket have made their way out of the wardrobe—winter is definitely here! So, here are a few tips to keep you happy and healthy, and help you make the most of the colder months.
Get Out and About
We tend to stay inside more when the colder weather approaches. We stay out of the wind and the rain, rug up in front of the heater, and enjoy a hot cup of tea. But sometimes, our hesitance to brave the cold can have adverse effects—staying home can lead to us feeling ‘cooped-up’, and may even lead to an increase in loneliness.
It goes without saying that spending time with friends and family is extremely beneficial, both physically and mentally. So, make the effort to get out and see your loved ones, and if you really don’t want to brave the cold—invite them over to your place! If you prefer to go it alone, that’s fine too! But try to leave the house wherever possible, even if it’s just for a walk around the block.
Get Some Sun
Studies show that getting a healthy dose of sunlight helps us produce vitamin D and lowers blood pressure. During winter, there’s obviously less sunlight to go around, with shorter days and heavier cloud cover. That’s why it’s so important to make the most of sunlight when you can get it. If you can, go for a walk on the sunnier days. If not, at least open some curtains, or sit out in your backyard for a while. Your mind and body will thank you.
Wet and stormy winter weather makes for slippery conditions. Smooth concrete and bricks combined with rain can pose the biggest hazard while you’re out and about. Try to watch your footing and make sure to wear sturdy shoes at all times. If you’re in your garden, be extra careful. Fallen leaves and muddy patches can be even more slippery!
We’re pretty lucky in Australia when it comes to winter weather. We generally don’t experience blizzards, snowstorms, or way-below freezing temps. But that doesn’t mean we don’t get cold! Dress appropriately if you’re leaving the house to keep your body at a healthy temperature. And when you’re at home, try to keep the ambient temperature above 18 degrees Celsius.
It’s important to stay active all year round, but perhaps even more so in winter. Exercise keeps us fit and healthy, decreases stress, and increases happiness. But more than that, exercise can keep us warm during the chilly days, and even boost our immune system to ward off winter bugs.
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