Tips to Stay Healthy During the Winter Months
We are now in the heart of the winter season. The holidays came and went, children have gone back to school, and you have gone back to work. However, it is still cold and flu season and here at MHMC we want you to avoid being sick and coming in to see one of our physicians. That is why it is important to care about prevention and staying warm.
In those cold winter months, you should not have to sacrifice your health and well-being due to an inconvenient weather pattern. The winter weather can affect your immune system, your energy levels, your mood, and especially your weight. Our physicians want to keep our patients and staff healthy and out of the hospital for as long as possible. That is why we have came up with a few health tips that are great ways to keeps your immune system stronger and to help keep those winter blues away until spring.
- Sleep Longer. Now since daylight savings time is over that means you get an extra hour of sleep and a few extra minutes of sunlight. However, once that sun starts to set you should use this time to relax and unwind after a long day. You can do this by dimming the lights down in your home and create a calm environment in your bedroom. This will help your bodies’ vulnerability to illness and help recharge your batteries. You deserve the extra couple of hours of sleep and your body too.
- Exercise regularly! No Excuses! It is important for your health to exercise regularly. Even if it is for a half hour, exercise will help your diet and your body from gaining weight. It is important to use the cold and snow as an excuse not to go to the gym or exercise. Walking around the block or your house helps no matter the intensity of the exercise. You can do exercises right in the comfort of your own home. This will also be a great opportunity for you and your family to have some fun.
- Don't Stress the Small Stuff. A person with a high stress level can be more susceptible to catching colds and even the flu. Make sure you minimize the stress in your life by doing something that you enjoy. Whether it is spending time with family, exercising at the gym or anything else that can be enjoyable and stress relieving. Relieving stress with help your mental and physical health.
- Quit Smoking. We all know the dangers of smoking. Smoking regularly significantly weakens the immune system and all of the other parts of the body. That is why it is important to stop smoking immediately and come in to speak with one of our doctors on how you can quit.
- Skin Protection. When it is cold outside, your skin looses a lot of natural moisture and natural nutrients. So make sure you buy some hand lotion and moisturize all parts of your body. You can even put on some sunscreen to prevent the sun's ultraviolet rays from damaging your skin further. It will also help prevent your chances of cell damage, wrinkles, and even cancer.
- Get a Flu Shot. Remember the key to a healthy lifestyle is prevention. One of the best forms of preventions during the cold season is a flu shot. It is never too late to get a flu shot and MHMC are still providing them to everyone who meets the requirements. Here at MHMC, we urge you to get your flu shot if you have not already and take other precautions to prevent disease. This includes always washing your hands, especially when you are traveling with public transportation, and always use hand sanitizer and tissues as frequently as possible. If you do get sick or even the flu make, sure you visit MHMC right away so we can get your back on track in no time.
- Drink Plenty of Water. Water is the best thing for your body. It is important to drink plenty of water and non-sugary beverages especially during the winter. Drinking water does not have to be only bottled or tap water. You can drink plenty of herbal teas and soups that will keep you hydrated all day long.
These are just a few tips that you may want to consider to stay healthy during the winter. It is always important to do you research and to prevent problems before they occur. If you have any problems at all, please feel free to visit our great physicians at MHMC or call us at 201-392-3100 for any health related concerns.