With shorter days and colder weather, staying healthy in winter can be hard. Exercise and a balanced diet can give way to warm nights spent inside on the sofa eating comfort food. This can seem appealing but being less active can increase your risk of getting ill and lowers your mood. One of our UC student bloggers takes a look at what you can do to stay healthy and well over the winter months.
“With Covid-19 leading the news every day, people are more aware of catching nasty germs and becoming sick. Luckily there are many things you can do to boost your immune system and stay healthy this winter.
Eat a balanced diet
In the winter, it is tempting to eat stodgier comfort foods but it is important to stock up on plenty of fruit and vegetables. This ensures your body gets all of the vitamins and minerals it needs to keep your immune system functioning. Fresh produce is pricier in the winter, which can be challenging on a student budget. Frozen or canned fruits and vegetables are more affordable while still offering the same health benefits.
Although the cold weather and short days really decrease motivation, exercise actually helps to build your immune system. Get out into the sunshine and breathe in some fresh air. Even a short walk around the block is helpful.
Living in a cold, damp flat can make you sick. Open windows and air out the house for a short time everyday, especially when cooking or showering. This will decrease dampness and mould, and make the house easier to heat.
Schedule down time and get plenty of sleep
Lack of sleep and stress make you more susceptible to illnesses. Getting a good night’s sleep allows your body to recover and fend off infection, while time spent relaxing and doing activities you enjoy will help you feel less stressed. If you feel overwhelmed with study, try planning your week ahead and include time for leisure.
As Jacinda loves to say, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!
Simple soap and water can kill any viruses you may have picked up. Wash your hands before eating, and preparing food especially if you are in a public place like Uni.
Stay home if you are sick
Staying away from others when you are unwell is the best defence against spreading illnesses. Reach out to classmates or lecturers if you need any help when you are sick at home.”
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