While you are worrying about your children’s health this winter, don’t neglect your own wellness! You also need to take extra steps to stay healthy because, just like your kids, you are bringing home germs this season.
Parents, try some of these winter wellness tips to keep yourself happy and healthy during the cold winter.
Caring for children and keeping them healthy is already stressful enough, so add a cold, dark winter on top of that, and you may find your mood getting worse this season. Don’t let all of this get you down because the happier you are, the happier your children will be. Keep your blinds open, exercise, go outside when it’s sunny and increase the amount of light in your house to keep your emotional health in check. The more light around you, the happier you will be.
1.) Find The Light
The temperature has dropped, so you are relying on coffee, hot chocolate and tea to stay warm. However, don’t skimp on water this season. You may not want a cold beverage, but it’s better to drink water than become dehydrated. Try drinking hot water with lemon or keep a bottle at room temperature to skip the chill. It’s important to drink just as much water as you do in the warmer months, if not more, because the hydration is also helpful in avoiding dry skin.
2.) Load Up On Water
This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s important to remember hand washing if you want to keep up with winter wellness. Between taking your kids to school, the doctor and going to the grocery store, you are constantly encountering germs, ESPECIALLY when you have kids. Be extremely vigilant with hand washing, whenever you are in public, when you get home, any time that it seems necessary.
3.) Wash Your Hands
Walking into your home with children may be pure chaos, but be sure to take just a minute to change out of your outside clothes when you come in. Not only do your outside clothes have germs on them from wherever you went, but it’s also never good to stay in cold, wet clothes. Just a second a day to change into a warm outfit can make all the difference.
4.) Have Outdoor And Indoor Clothes
You should always stock your kitchen with fresh fruits and vegetables, but it’s very important to do so in the winter when you really just want to eat comfort foods. Produce will provide you and your children with antioxidants that will protect your bodies during the cold months. Don’t think that your diet has to be boring if it’s healthy, there are plenty of delicious recipes that use fresh produce!
5.) Keep It Colorful in the Kitchen
Parents, how are you staying healthy this winter? Share with us in the comments!