How to stay healthy this winter

With everything that’s going on, staying healthy and illness-free is on everyone’s priority list. This is even more important during winter as the cold weather can make us more vulnerable to infection. So, what can you do to stay healthy this winter?

1. Clean your hands.

Ocean Free, UK hand sanitiser manufacturer, highlights the importance of regular hand washing whether it is with soap and water or with hand sanitiser. Keeping hands clean means reducing the chances of getting ill by killing any germs, bacteria or viruses that might be on your hands and, in turn, reduce the spread of these microorganisms to others.

If you are on-the-go and have no access to running water, hand sanitiser is the best solution to sanitise hands. Really Missing Sleep also recommends “having a sanitiser bottle at home or in the office for quick and effective hand hygiene.” You should use hand sanitiser “before eating, before touching eyes, nose or mouth, after touching public surfaces and after sneezing or blowing your nose.” She adds.

Baby Budgeting also published a blog post about the importance of following basic hand hygiene measures both at home and outside to help prevent illness, in which hand sanitiser was the focus. As it is mentioned in the article, hand sanitiser is only effective when used properly. “Proper hand hygiene includes washing hands for at least 20 seconds, rubbing hand sanitizer all over your hands, between fingers, nails, wrists and thumbs as well as letting hand sanitizer dry before touching anything else.” She explained.

Get the flu shot.

The NHS recommends getting the flu vaccine if you’re advised to. It is mentioned that flu will often get better on its own, but it can make some people seriously ill, so to help protect people at risk of flu, the NHS advises getting the flu shot.

Have quality family time.

Spending time with family not only helps create memories together and a stronger bond but it also  reduces stress and enhances physical health whether it is by making home-cooked meals together or by participating in outdoor activities. Family time is highly important in my books and I can say for a fact that it does help both your physical health and mental well-being.

Protect your skin

Winter brings freezing temperatures and weather that can be very harsh on all skin types. Refresh your routine for the cold conditions with natural and pure organic skin care products. Whether it’s a cleansing foam to remove impurities or a facial oil for hydration, organic is the best choice if you want to pamper your skin with only the goodness in skin-care products. Organic skin-care products used to be a luxury, but now, many independent brands have emerged to make clean, safe, natural skin care accessible and affordable to more people.

Improve blood flow 

Improve your blood flow by keeping active, drinking lots of water and also with the clothes you wear. Did you know compression tights or leggings can help with reducing leg & ankle swelling, edema, fatigue, pain, stiffness, soreness, cramps, tired aching legs, shin splints, lymphedema, phlebitis, DVT (deep vein thrombosis), blood clots and plantar fasciitis.

Eat healthily and exercise.

According to this article on Harvard Medical School, eating healthy and exercising and important tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. By eating healthy, having a good night’s sleep and exercising, you are priming your immune system to effectively fight disease.

Take time for yourself.

Sometimes we simply need a bit of me time to decompress and banish tiredness. Whether you need to go for a run, do some meditation or simply have a warm bubble bath – take some time for yourself and de-stress away.

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