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5 Ways to Stay Healthy During Winter

By December 20, 2022April 6th, 2023Health & Wellness Healthy Living
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Does wintertime make you think of a stuffy nose and a sore throat? It’s not the cold weather alone that makes us sick. A busy schedule around the holidays might run you down, causing your immune system to weaken and increase your stress levels, which can make you more susceptible to catching the seasonal flu and other common wintertime illnesses. But a little bit of planning can help you stay healthy through flu season and beyond.

1. Keep Washing Your Hands

One of the best ways to prevent the flu and other viral infections is to wash your hands often. It’s especially important to wash your hands after you’ve been out in public and before eating. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

2. Get Creative with Exercise

It can be difficult to stay motivated to exercise when it’s cold outside, but during flu season. Try trading your outdoor runs for a virtual HIIT class or indoor rock climbing. Even if it’s not intense exercise, it’s important to keep moving. Walking around while visiting a local museum or aquarium counts!

3. Make Time for Friends and Family

You may begin to feel lonely during the winter because cold weather makes it easy to isolate yourself at home. Bundle up, and make plans to see your loved ones regularly. Spending time with family and friends is important for your mental health and can help you unwind if you’re feeling stressed. If you’re feeling sick, avoid seeing people in person, but stay connected through a virtual platform like Zoom or over the phone.

4. Prioritize Self-Care

There are endless ways to practice self-care during the winter. Do you experience seasonal affective disorder? Try spending time in the sunlight whenever you can, even if it’s cold. Does the cold make you grumpy? Add a heated blanket and warm tea to your daily routine. Remember that your mental health can directly affect your physical health, and the way you treat yourself each day can make a difference. If you feel you need more help, don’t hesitate to reach out for support.

5. Get Your Flu Shot

One of the best things you can do for your health during this time of year is to get your flu shot. The flu changes every season, so it’s important to get vaccinated even if you got it last year. AmeriHealth New Jersey members can get their flu shot at no cost when they present their member ID card at their doctor’s office, a retail health clinic, or an in-network pharmacy.

Kristen Sanchez

I’m a copywriter for AmeriHealth, and I love learning about health and wellness as I work. I like to spend my free time binge watching movies, hiking through national parks, and telling my pets how much I love them over and over.