It may be cold and rainy outside, but winter needn’t be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family. Let’s see what National Health Services suggests us.
Banish winter tiredness
- get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible
- get a good night’s sleep – go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
- destress with exercise or meditation – stress has been shown to make you feel tired
Eat more fruit and veg
- When it’s cold and dark outside, it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food. However, it’s important to ensure you still have a healthy diet and include five portions of fruit and veg a day.
Drink more milk
You are more likely to get a cold in winter, so make sure your immune system is in tip-top condition. Milk and dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais are great sources of:
- vitamins A and B12
- calcium, which helps keep our bones strong
Try new activities for the whole family
- Regular exercise helps control your weight, boost your immune system, and is a good way to break the tension that can build if the family is constantly cooped up inside the house.
Have a hearty breakfast
- Winter is the perfect season for a bowl of warm porridge on a cold morning. Oats also contain lots of vital vitamins and minerals, give you energy and help you feel fuller for longer, stopping the temptation to snack mid-morning.