“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give its sweetness.”
Winter – A season characterized by cold winds, falling of snow, very low atmospheric temperature, short day, long night, etc. Ice on the things look as beautiful as pearls. People enjoy taking sun-baths. Earth seems to be in a dormant phase as trees and plants stop growing and many animals hibernate during this season. Various kinds of flowers blooms in beautiful colors, thus enhancing the beauty of nature.
With summer season coming to an end and outdoor temperature starting to fall, there starts a wave where lots of people complain about coughs, fevers, sore throats, one after the other. With more colds and flu around, it is more likely that you can fell ill as well. So, this calls for adopting some changes in our lifestyle as well, so as to stay healthy, productive and active throughout the season.
So here I am penning down some simple yet effective ways to stay away from these annoying infections.
Enjoy eating seasonal fruits and vegetables
Adding fruits such as oranges, grapefruits and kiwis to your breakfast and adding vegetables such as carrots and borocolli, to each main meal help supports your immune system. With sugar having been shown to literally slow down immune cells, so it is good to avoid the sugary foods and drinks.
Running long distances or a tiresome workout session in gym, is not the only way to exercise. Even a simple walk can help pump circulation in your body thus boosting the immune system. Enjoy getting physical in the comfort of your home. Try jogging, skipping on the spot or even just stretching while watching your favorite shows on the television.
Wash Your Hands regularly
Hands are indeed the germ factory, so it is important to wash them regularly with sanitizer so as to kill the germs. Make sure to always wash them when you enter home after being out, and especially before eating food. Also avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with your hands in order to prevent viruses from entering your body.
Get Enough Sleep
At least eight to ten hours sleep a night is important to prevent your immune system from weakening. A weakened immune system makes you more susceptible to colds and flu. Sleep deprivation certainly hampers your immune system’s ability to fight off infection.
Staying Active Indoors
From Yoga to Dancing, there are so many indoor activities which will help you to stay active. You can enjoy making the winter season more enjoyable and fun with some simple aerobics move. Try to get active around the house by engaging yourself in more of the household chores. Positive social interaction with like minded people and laughter, are both great for your immune system.
Studies have shown that warmer body temperatures help prevent the spread of common cold virus. If the outside temperature drops then make sure to wear pullovers and cover yourself with scarf and shawl.
Take Less Stress & Staying Away
Stress adversely impacts your body’s immune system. If you are going through a hectic life schedule, manage time to give rest to your body. Make sure to relax your body from time to time for rejuvenating its strength.
While it is good to be surrounded by people, it is equally good to stay away from people displaying symptoms such as coughing and sneezing. Sharing is caring, but you need to be careful while sharing food with your friends as they may harbour unwanted germs.
Prevention is always better than cure. Healthy fruits and vegetables are far better than the medicines prescribed by the doctors. So make sure to bring some changes in lifestyle so as to avoid getting sick in this winter season.
“Have Fun And Enjoy The Winters”
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Credit: Sangeeta Agrawala