During the Michigan winter season, it’s not uncommon to get the cold weather blues. Cold temps, less sunlight, and icy conditions tend to keep us indoors. Our bodies also tend to conserve energy to reserve heat, causing us to be less active and eat more.
The best way to beat the winter blahs is to embrace winter and get out in the snow and play! Getting fresh air will not only leave you feeling refreshed, it can also keep you healthy. Spending a lot of time indoors in small places that may be overheated or poorly ventilated can allow germs and illnesses to more easily pass from one person to another.
A healthy attitude about winter can also help. Try to seek out the positives of the season like bright fluffy snow, pretty icescapes, and the many sports that winter allows. Here are some tips to staying safe as you enjoy the winter season:
1 – Always wear a helmet when skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.
2 – To avoid hypothermia and frostbite, make sure you wear layers. Start with an undergarment that will keep away perspiration, followed by a light shirt or turtleneck, then a sweater or fleece. You can always remove layers if needed.
3 – Don’t forget the hat, gloves, sunglasses and even sunscreen!
4 – Stay hydrated. Even though it’s cold, our bodies still lose water the same way they do in warm weather. Remember, if you feel thirsty, have a dry mouth, feel tired, or notice your skin is dry, you need to drink more water.
If you have any questions on healthy winter living, stop by or call any of our five west Michigan clinics and one of our therapists would be happy to help you!