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Updated January 5th, 2024 at 01:02 IST

Battling the winter wave: From comfortable layering to time under the sun, tips to keep in mind

Winter self-care guide for a healthy season amid cozy delights.

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Winter is all about curling up in your warm blanket, relishing a cup of coffee, sunny afternoon picnics and so much more. All this becomes more fun if you are at the top of your health. However, don’t forget to keep a tab on it and follow covid-cognizant behaviour. Winter invites joy but also requires care for a healthier season. Here are some simple dos and don'ts to make the most of winter while staying in good shape.

The Do's

Smart dressing


As the temperatures drop, wear layers of woolens and flannels to stay cozy. But remember, snug clothes might affect blood circulation, so aim for comfortable layers.

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Hydrate warmly


Sip on warm drinks like herbal tea, turmeric milk, or homemade soups to keep yourself warm and hydrated. Prefer homemade beverages over packaged ones to avoid excess sugars and additives.

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Relaxing baths


Take warm baths for a refreshing start on cold mornings. Maintaining personal hygiene during winter helps prevent skin infections and other health issues.

Regular exercise


Exercise is essential to keep muscles strong and maintain warmth. Whether it's brisk walks, indoor workouts, yoga, or zumba, daily physical activity helps burn calories, boosts immunity, and enhances mood.

Skin nourishment


Combat dryness by moisturizing your skin. The cold, dry air can drain moisture, leading to flaky and itchy skin. Invest in a good moisturizer and follow a skincare routine that suits your skin type.

Hydration reminder


Even if you don't feel thirsty, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Proper hydration helps maintain healthy airways and sinuses, guarding against winter illnesses like coughs and colds.

Healthy eating habits


Avoid processed foods and opt for nutritious winter vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, and beetroot. A healthy diet helps bolster immunity and keeps you feeling energetic.

Sun exposure matters


Winter means less sunlight, impacting mood and Vitamin D production. Spend time outdoors to soak up some sunlight. If needed, consult a doctor regarding Vitamin D supplements.

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The Don'ts


During winter, increased melatonin production can make you feel sleepier. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule of 7-8 hours to prevent fatigue without oversleeping. Aditionally, avoid staying out in the cold for too long, consuming alcohol, massaging skin in frosty conditions, or ignoring shivering, as these actions can pose health risks. Each of these steps plays a role in keeping you healthy and active during winter.

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Published January 4th, 2024 at 23:44 IST

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