Some of us embrace the cooler weather (cue winter boots and clothes!), while it can send others into hibernation mode, cradling a hot cup of tea on the couch. Whilst flu vaccinations offer the best protection against the dreaded influenza, there are some things that you could try to help support your body against the flu and common cold. Here are 3 quick tips to help keep you firing on all cylinders.
Get a good nights rest: Lack of sleep not only leaves us feeling tired and grumpy, it can also suppress your immune system, making you more susceptible to infections. Aim to get a straight 8 hours sleep if you can. As you wind down towards your bed time, instead of reaching for your phone or the remote control - try reading a book or magazine to help you relax.
Keep Moving! As it gets darker and the temperature drops, its easy to just press snooze on your alarm for extra time under the doona. Winter is the perfect time to up your exercise regime. Studies have shown that you burn more calories working out in colder weather - But you don't even need to leave the house to get your blood pumping. Try Yoga or using weights at home, even putting on music and freestyle dancing will boost your mood and give you more energy.
- Remember to wash your hands: Put simply, Handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others. Carrying hand sanitiser in your bag or car is also helpful as a back up.
If you have any tips you'd like to share that you use to help stave off the winter blues and keep you feeling great - please feel free to share!