Halloween is over and despite the shock to the system of seeing it dark by 5pm it has actually been quite mild in terms of temperature. I have found myself somewhat overdressed this past week, as if I’m still acclimatising to that blast of cold mid-October, and taking off my layers of scarf, jacket on the underground, which I assure you is no mean feat when trying to balance a scooter against your knee and a book clamped against your side.
But now is not the time to stray away from your autumn-winter survival plan. If you’ve been reading my blog awhile, you should have implemented the things to ensure that you have the easiest winter you can manage aside from hiding yourself in a bubble. However, if you haven’t, it’s not too late to incorporate these 4 tips to stay well.
1. Wash your hands. I’m going to say this till I’m blue in the face but it’s the easiest form of hygiene. You can’t go around commanding other people wash their own hands, but you can protect yourself by washing your own, especially before you eat. Remember to moisturize your hands with a good hand cream though.
2. Care for yourself. Self-care is a phrase that’s becoming more and more popular and it refers to doing anything that takes care of your entire being. This could be eating healthily, regular exercise, having an acupuncture session, getting dental check-ups or having a great new haircut, meeting up with friends, cuddling up with a good book or buying a new lipstick. Feeling good about yourself and more importantly, taking care of your body and mind, means that you are better equipped to deal with any obstacles that may be thrown your way.
3. Protect yourself. Most of us won’t need to have vaccinations to protect ourselves but it is good to take preventative measures. I start taking echinacea (which you can get from all good health shops) regularly from September until February to help boost the immune system. Ginger is also good to help warm your body during these colder months. If you feel a little run down, take a rain check on that dinner party. The important thing is to not overstretch yourself.
4. If you are feeling unwell, stay home. Getting rest gives your body energy to fight off the cold or flu. Sometimes, an early night is all you need to feel a lot better.
Photo credit: Tanya Little via flickr
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