For those of us who lead an active lifestyle, the cold season can be a real downer. The harsh winds dry out your skin, the long dark hours leave you feeling groggy, and the cold, biting weather can cause you to become bedridden with illness. However, the downfalls of autumn and winter don’t have to be an inevitability. By getting yourself into good habits, you can prevent most of this seasonal woe.
With this in mind, we have put together a few tips to help you on your way. By making them a part of your daily routine, you can prevent most of the undesirable aspects of the season, and continue on with your day-today life.
Winter weather is harsh, and the cold temperatures and unabating winds can quickly dry out your skin, leaving it itchy, sore and even cracked. Make sure you moisturise regularly to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
Moisturising won’t do it alone! The best way to protect yourself from the cold is to cover up and stay warm. The less skin exposed to the elements the better. This will keep you cosy and protect your skin. It will also make infection and disease less likely, as the immune system becomes less efficient when you get cold.
Yes, a hot shower can be bliss in winter, but extreme heat breaks down the skins natural barriers and can actually result in you losing moisture. We are not saying your shower needs to be cold, that would be crazy; but a moderate, warm shower can keep you comfortable without damaging your skin.
Consider investing in a cheap humidifier. This can help prevent your skin drying out, and can be a great support at night when your body tires to repair itself.
It’s not just your skin that can suffer. Autumn and winter conditions can put a lot more strain on your eyes, both indoors and outdoors. Make sure to wear sunglasses if it is a clear day outside, and if you ever find your eyes feeling irritated or itchy, use mildly lubricating eye drops.
The cold season results in a dramatic rise in illness, and the most common way it spreads is through contact with your hands. Make sure to wash them regularly, who knows what germs may have been on that communal thing you just touched.
Not only will exercise keep you healthy, it will increase your natural energy levels, as well as boost your immune system – essential in this dark and gloomy season.
The increased hours of darkness can make it hard to get up in the mornings, and makes sleeping in much more appealing. This however will adversely affect your energy levels and throw you off for the rest of the day. Keep a strict sleep schedule, and get up the same time every day – you will feel much better for it. If you find it hard then consider getting a sunrise alarm clock, these simulate the gradual light of dawn, and make getting up much, much easier for the body to wake up.
A nice hot drink of herbal tea is not only comforting during these cold, blue days, but they are also laden with healthy antioxidants and compounds – increasing your ability to resist illness.
Now more than ever it is important to ensure you are getting all of the healthy nutrients you need. It is easy to get down in the dumps and stuck in a rut during autumn and winter, which adversely affecting what you eat, which consequently effects your health. This in turn can make you feel even worse, leading to a downward spiral. Stay healthy and prevent the cycle from ever happening.
Autumn and winter can be pretty harsh on the body, so look after yourself! Using the above you should be able to fend off the worst of it - things will go much more smoothly if you do!