How to Stay Healthy Throughout the Winter Season
Thanks to COVID-19, we’ve had tips for staying healthy drilled into us all year long. But as we move into the winter season, it’s critical we keep those wellness habits at the forefront of our minds. Here are some of the best ways to stay healthy this winter.
1. Wash your hands
Hand washing is not only one of the easiest ways to stay well, but also one of the most effective! When you wash your hands properly with soap and water, you rid your hands of germs that could make you sick. As a general rule, you should wash your hands:
- Before touching your face
- Before eating
- After using the bathroom
- After changing a baby’s diaper
- Whenever you come home from being out.
Here’s a video demonstrating how you should be washing your hands.
2. Get outdoors
Boost your immunity
Sunshine helps your body produce a powerful immunity-boosting vitamin called vitamin D. Consequently, lack of sunlight in the winter can weaken your body’s immune system because it is unable to produce that vitamin. So get outdoors as often as you can this winter, but also talk to your doctor about whether or not you should be taking a vitamin D supplement as well.
Boost your mood
In addition to staying physically healthy throughout the winter season, it’s important to stay mentally healthy as well. Getting sunshine boosts your mood, and being outdoors in nature can lower your stress hormone (cortisol) levels.
3. Run a humidifier
Studies have shown that high humidity reduces the infectivity of influenza. The science behind this is simple: when you cough, virus particles become airborne. If the air is more humid, the particles are unable to stay airborne for very long because they become weighed down by the moisture in the air. This means you can slow or even prevent the spread of germs in your home or office simply by running a humidifier!
Remember, one of the best ways to keep everyone healthy is to stay home if you’re feeling sick. Here’s to a healthy winter!