Winter wellness: healthy living tips for when it’s cold outside.
The days are short and cold. Dark comes early. And even when it’s not overcast, the sun shines with a sickly light that barely warms the bare and empty landscape. It’s winter. The season of flus, colds, chapped lips and dry skin. It’s hard to stay healthy.
But by taking a few small steps, the danger can be minimized and optimal office performance maintained.
Sanitizers really work
Some viruses like the flu thrive in colder temperatures, but even worse, there’s evidence that the cold also negatively affects the immune system. It’s the perfect storm for getting sick. Combat nasty bugs by using hand sanitizers and regularly using wet wipes to clean frequently used items like phones, keys and computer keyboards.
Moisturize dry skin
When the heater is blowing around the clock, it’s easy for skin to dry out. Prevent or minimize windburn and uncomfortable cracking by regularly applying lotion. Anywhere that is regularly exposed to the cold air is especially vulnerable.
Don’t forget the sunscreen
Sunburn isn’t just for summer. When there’s snow on the ground, sun reflects off it with a shocking intensity. These reflected rays add to direct rays and can do serious skin damage. Regularly apply sunscreen to any exposed skin to prevent damage and the potential for skin cancer.
Use a humidifier
Winter air is dry, which helps spread airborne viruses. Keep a humidifier running at home and the office to help reduce the risk of infections, increase sinus comfort and promote healing when you’re sick.
Lip balm prevents cracked lips
Chapped lips are unsightly and uncomfortable. Keep your lips from cracking with regular application of lip balm.
Sick people should stay home
One of the most important, but often overlooked ways to stay healthy in winter is to avoid sick people. Don’t worry about PTO, sick people should stay home to reduce the risk of spreading contagious winter germs.