Do everything in your power to avoid getting sick. There is nothing that will zap your energy more than being ill. Colds and flu seem to spike during the winter months.
1. Wash your hands with warm soapy water. Lather the soap on your hands for 30 seconds, don’t forget to get underneath your fingernails. Keep a nail brush by your sink.
2. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. Allowing your body to rest will strengthen your immune system. Staying hydrated will keep your nasal passages hydrated too. If you feel stuffy, use a Nettie Pot, it works wonders.
3. Get outside and breathe fresh air while you are outdoors exercising! Maintain and shake up your exercise routine; besides keeping your body in shape, exercise has been shown to prevent depression and lift the moods of those feeling down. It also helps keep your immune system working efficiently.
4. Eat winter foods! There is a reason why these power foods are only in season in the cold winter months; they help to strengthen our body’s natural defenses. Enjoy a variety of winter foods. From hearty root vegetables to bright, sweet citrus fruits, winter produce offers a surprising range of flavors. Winter squashes such as acorn, butternut, and spaghetti, are low in calories, high in health-promoting vitamins, and easy to cook. Apples and many citrus fruits such as clementines and grapefruits are often at their sweetest when temperatures are cool. Experiment with vegetables you may not have tried cooking before, such as beets, broccoli rabe, or Brussels sprouts.
5. Enjoy the winter weather. Spring is right around the corner!
Remember there is no such thing as bad weather, an only poor choice in clothing! My Norwegian grandmother would repeat this to me, especially during the winter months! I guess she would know to have you ever experienced 23 hours of darkness in the winter; if not, you should take a trip to Norway in February!