Fall and winter are a dry time of year for a lot of us. Our lips get chapped, our skin gets scaly, and even our hair can get weak and brittle! As the air gets colder, our bodies take a toll. Even more so, our moods can really spiral downward during these dark and short days! However, there are a number ways that we can help ourselves during this cold time of the year.This post will discuss a few of them to help keep you on track with your health and wellness this fall:
Drink lots of liquids.We mentioned the importance of hydration in our last post, but we want to stress the point: staying hydrated will keep all of our bodily systems functioning well. This will help our skin, hair, nails, lips, etc. to stay smooth and strong. Besides drinking lots of water, you can help keep yourself hydrated by drinking Cool Cane Juice, soups, and by eating lots of high water content fruits.
Soak up as much natural light as you can. Yes, it’s cold outside, but it’s extremely important during this time of the year to get a little dose of direct light every day. Taking even just a 10-minute walk during your workday will be beneficial. Most people with busy schedules will leave their homes before it is light outside, and then return home when it is dark. Take advantage of the small amount of daylight hours during the winter, they will be influential on your mood and health.
Protect against dry air. Make sure you dress appropriately with scarves, mittens, and hoods to protect your skin. Cold, dry air can really do a number on your skin, leaving it chapped, flaky, and even cracked if it's severely dry. If you’re still finding it difficult to keep yourself protected, a solution could be to buy a humidifier for your house to add moisture in the air.
Don’t forget to moisturize! Your skin needs all the extra help it can get during this time of the year. Find a good all-purpose moisturizer, or make your own using coconut oil and vitamin E oil. These oils can go a long way so you don’t need too much. Rub on your hands, legs, elbows, and anywhere else that you feel is lacking some moisture. Investing in some lip chap would be a good idea as well. Bees wax and other medicated lip balms are good options in the cold months.
Take a multivitamin to help keep your immune system strong. The fall/winter seasons are optimal time for colds and flus. This can mean a lot of nose blowing, and combined with the cold air can make for very dry nostrils. What to do if your nose is raw? Coconut oil to the rescue once again! Melt a little bit enough to make it very soft and translucent without it going runny. Dab a Q-tip in the coconut oil and rub on the insides of your nostrils as well as the creases on the outside of your nose. This will soothe and moisturize an irritated nose.
What are your favorite ways to keep yourself healthy during the fall/winter months? Do you have any special tips or tricks to help you fight off dryness, colds, and the winter blues?