Dry skin. Sinus Headache. Coughing. Sore throat. Combined, these can only mean 1 thing: Hellooooo winter. Yes, winter is practically synonymous with illness, but we’re here delivering the best Wellness Babe solutions to combating those winter blues.
Step number 1, before you even delve into the next section: stop reaching into the medicine cabinet. When a headache strikes, the first thing we do is reach for the tylenol. Cough? Automatically you pop a cough drop or take a swig of syrup. Just hold on a sec. You can kick the winter sickness with your good friend, Mother Nature before you visit the drug store.
1.) Hydrate: Winter is all about hydration. Keep the fluids coming, because not only can they speed up the process of kicking a winter cold, they can also help prevent illness in the first place. There’s a reason you’ve heard this one a million times. It’s true and it WORKS. Keep a reusable water bottle handy.
2.)Humidifier: Ok not really Mother Nature-esque, but this is a must have for winter. Its no secret that winter = DRY. Humidifiers help to put the moisture back in the air. If you’re waking up every morning with a dry, sore throat, the humidifier will help to prevent this. Bonus: it will keep your skin from feeling like a desert. Still feel the need to moistureize? Scroll down to number 7. Another benefit: The Be Well Blog cites a study from 2013 that showed a 43% or above humidity level significantly reduced the ability of airborne viruses to cause flu infections. So there ya go. Humidifier units range in price. You can grab a cheap one for around 20 bucks that will get the job done overnight in your bedroom or you can go big with a whole house humidifier for a few hundred.
3.) Get Outside (or in a tanning bed). This is a weird suggestion, yeah? Why would you want to go outside in the freezing cold? Well, in the winter our vitamin D levels drop significantly, with one study showing a 33% decrease in the winter months. But that’s not our reasoning for telling you to go outside. You wont soak up any vitamin D if you’re bundled up to your eyeballs. So what gives? Go outside and get some exposure to the elements. It will wake you up and energize you. The natural light (even from underneath the clouds) will give you a happiness boost. Take a breath of fresh air, especially if you’ve hit a wall in the middle of the afternoon. Being outside for a couple minutes brings us peace and calm. Embrace your environment (even in the cold)! As for the vitamin D, supplement with a great brand like New Chapter or take a couple trips to the tanning salon. Here is a great read by Dr. Mercola about the efficacy of tanning beds and how to use them safely.
4.) Tapping. Tapping on your facial pressure points sounds really weird, but this ancient method is gathering momentum in todays society. The science of tapping (or the Emotional Freedom Technique) can be implemented to serve you in many ways, including relieving pain or overcoming an emotional barrier. On this website, the author provides advice for using facial pressure points for healing the ever present winter sinus pressure and pain .
5.) Apple Cider Vinegar: A Wellness Babe favorite. If you even feel a tiny smidge of a cold coming on, pour yourself a tall glass of water with 2 teaspoons of ACV, a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Your cold will be history.
6.)Diet: The efficient function of your immune system is critically important. When all of your family members and coworkers have runny noses and are coughing non-stop, its even more important. The food you fuel your body with is the best way to keep make sure your immune system continues to protect you. Everyone knows what that means: Up the veggies and cut the sugar.
7.)Homemade lotion.This simple 3-ingredient lotion from Wellness Mama is perfect for moisturizing your scaly skin during the winter time. Skip the store bought versions with scary ingredients and make your own. It lasts a while and is is super easy to make.
Winter illness is a thing of the past!