05 November 2018

How to boost winter wellness


Do the fluctuating seasons leave you feeling under the weather? Don't worry, you aren't alone. Many of us can end up somewhat out of kilter in the colder months as we head towards winter.

We've been looking at some common winter ailments, and how to cure them, so you don't have to!  

The problem: Achy joints

During winter, when the ­weather is cold and damp, studies show a lot of the population is low on vitamin D, which can also cause achy joints.

The solution?

Be active every day. Regular moderate exercise stimulates muscles, bones and the cartilage around the joints, keeping them mobile and healthy. Make sure you get a sufficient amount of vitamin D, too.  

The problem: "I'm constantly cold!"

While germs make you sick, not cold weather itself, no one likes feeling cold.  When the weather is cold, it's easy to put off socialising or getting out the house. Loneliness has a devastating and life-threatening impact on people of all ages. For vulnerable groups, social isolation combined with the health dangers of colder weather is a lethal combination.

The solution?

Wrap up warm and head out for a wintery walk with a friend, or meet up for a hot cup of tea or coffee. Don't miss out becuase of the weather. 

The problem? Flu season

Everyone knows that winter is flu season, but exactly why this virus tends to hit harder from November to March is often debated. 

The solution?

Get the flu vaccine! It's free to anyone aged 65 or over, pregnant women, carers and certain medical condition sufferers. Unlike cold viruses, flu viruses spread through the air. Take regular exercise, rest a lot and ensure you eat well to maintain good health and avoid the dreaded flu. 

The problem: Icy falls

Slips and falls in icy conditions are a common problem. But there are things that you can do to reduce the risk of getting hurt.

The solution?

Avoid rushing or taking shortcuts over areas where snow or ice removal is incomplete and keep both hands free for balance, rather than in your pockets.

The problem: Eczema and other skin conditions

Moisturisers are essential whatever the time of year, but in winter you may need to apply them even more frequently — especially before venturing outside on a cold day.

The solution? 

You may also find that you need a “heavier duty” moisturizer — an ointment rather than a cream — in the winter months. Ask your local pharmacist for their advice on what will work best for you.

The problem: Neuropathy

Neuropathy is a disease or dysfunction of one or more peripheral nerves, typically causing numbness or weakness.A s blood flow is reduced, nerve pain can greatly intensify. 

The solution? 

Wear a hat and scarf. Use a hot water bottle. Don't smoke! Blood circulation to the arms and legs slows down when you smoke. 

Can you think of any others we've missed? Tweet us @NewcrossHealth and let us know!

Woman Standing While Holding Her Jacket