As winter approaches, instead of staging a silent protest against the short days and bleak conditions, try to embrace the slowness of the season and use it as a time to mirror Mother Nature’s pace.

Avoiding The Flu

In 2017, flu shots are so readily available, whether from your local CVS or even provided right at and by your workplace, there is no reason not to The Huffington Post says most of the major drug stores: Walgreens, CVS, Duane Reade, and even Target and many grocery stores now offer vaccination, many without requiring an appointment. So not only do you not have to see your doctor, you don’t even have to go someplace that you’re not going anyway.

In addition to the flu shot, remember to wash your hands. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.

Self-Care

Dress for the weather. Whether you’re going for a walk, shovelling your driveway, or engaged in more strenuous exercise like skiing or snowboarding, it’s important to dress for the weather. Get wet gloves and hats off ASAP! The longer you keep wet clothing next to the skin, the greater the chances are that your skin will become irritated and episodes of eczema will increase.

Winter is a crucial time of year to invest in more than just physical self-care but also emotional self-care. Edutopia has great advice when they say to indulge in a loud belly laugh that lasts at least 30 seconds, once in the morning and once after lunch. If you can find someone to join you, great! If not, close your door during a break and start laughing. You know what makes you feel good inside, so do it!

Combat Stress

The first key to combating stress is to stay active. This doesn’t mean you need to go for a run in the arctic tundra. Instead, focus on keeping your blood moving and grooving. According to Harvard Health Publications, this will help your immune cells flourish – just in time for the winter season.

Luckily, working out doesn’t mean you need to leave the house. Exercises like squats, jumping rope, and push-ups can be done in the comfort of your own home. The Internet also offers countless at-home exercise videos, making it easy to follow a routine

Try something new this winter. Come to the season with a plan. Get your flu shot, implement daily self-care, and combat stress by staying active. Instead of dreading this winter, attempt to embrace it!