The term "weatherizing" is something that most people think of when they are preparing their homes for the dreadful winter weather in order to stay warm and comfortable, but it is also something that should be done for your health as well. Cold weather means greater chances of getting sick, staying inside and fluctuations with mood (less sunlight = greater chance of Seasonal Affective Disorder..... My Clinical Psych side comes out from time to time lol).
Check out some of my tips for weatherizing your body and if done faithfully, can help you stay happy and healthy during the upcoming winter months!
"Letttttt the Sunshine Innnnn"- is not just a song made popular by the group "The 5th Dimension", it is also what our bodies need during the winter months to fight off the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder (click here to read more) since in December there are approx. only 9 hours of sunlight (that sux). To compensate for this loss, you can use a dawn simulator to help your body deal with the shift or just keeping your house happy and bright!
Vitamins- I can't stress enough how important it is to make sure you take your vitamins. Not only does it help protect your body from sickness, but it also makes sure that you are getting all the nutrients that your body needs (because we all know that we don't eat everything off that food group chart everyday!)
To find out what vitamins you may need, you can get a nutritional assessment done.
Staying Hydrated- is not just for the summer months because in the winter your body can be just as dehydrated. Lower humidity can dry your skin and the mucus membranes of your nose, throat and lungs. Drinking the recommended 6-8 glasses of water/day is essential to prevent this problem along with getting a humidifier in your bedroom will help you stay moisturized.
Staying Active- is a must to fight off germs and sickness. When your body is not active, you are more prone to illness. The winter season has great activities that you can enjoy from ice skating, sledding and skiing (there's always the gym to, my personal fav).
Proper Skin Care- will not only carry your good looks a long way, but it is also a great barrier to dry skin. Make sure that you use quality products (I swear by Lumene, Clinique 3-step, and more recently Alaffia) that cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize and hydrate your skin.
Eating Healthy- This time of year all we want is something warm and hearty, which is good but lets not forget to follow our Color Wheel (click here to read more). Eating more fruits and veggies, a hearty breakfast and high-quality carbs will do you a world of good.