Tips for staying healthy as the seasons change
Canada seems to have a habit of fast forwarding through fall and flying almost straight into winter. The quick turn around from ‘too hot’ to ‘too cold’ often brings with it some seasonal illnesses. The Vertica Resident Services blog team wants to share some tips for staying healthy as the seasons change.
Get your flu shot
One of the best ways to say “shoo” to the flu is to get your flu shot. The new season brings with it a new strain of the virus. Why wouldn’t you protect yourself with a quick and easy jab? Just head down to your local pharmacy -- they often do not even require an appointment -- or go to your family doctor. It’s your best defense against the nasty aches, pains, headaches, sneezing, and sometimes more serious symptoms of the flu.
Wash Away the Cold
The flu isn’t the only virus you need to protect yourself from this winter. Regular hand washing will help protect you from coming down with the common cold. Staying hydrated and continuing to eat fresh fruits and vegetables -- including dark leafy greens -- can also help keep your immune system strong and give you a fighting chance of beating a winter cold.
Stay Active and Get Outside
When the winter winds begin to howl, it can be tempting to stay indoors and hibernate. Not getting enough physical activity or vitamin D from the sun during the winter can make us more susceptible to feeling run down. A lack of vitamin D and general inactivity can contribute to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Bundling up in layers and going for a daily brisk walk can be enough to keep you on track. You may also want to consider joining a winter sports league or club.
Connect With Others
The cold can make us feel like retreating into our warm and cozy homes. It is important to continue to connect with others to maintain good mental health. Inviting a friend on your daily walk, joining a club, or volunteering your time to help others are all great ways to maintain a healthy connection to the world around you.