Winter can be a tough time for many of us. The cold weather leads to higher levels of hospitalisation than at any other point in the year. Illness can be far more dangerous in these colder months; extra hazards such as icy walkways are present and Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as ‘Winter Depression’, is becoming increasingly common. Here Cera discusses a few ways to make the winter a less dangerous and much happier time.
Getting ahead of the curve in terms of illness and taking precautions, rather than reacting once one has already fallen ill, can be vital in trying to keep winter stress-free. For example, consider going to get a flu jab, these precautionary injections are free for over-65s, and will help one to avoid a bout of the flu and all the complications that can accompany it, such as bronchitis and in severe cases, pneumonia.
The winter months make all of us want to curl up in a warm bed and stay there! However, it is incredibly important to keep as active as possible, even in the cold weather. Simply an hour a day of walking or moving around the house can have vital health benefits during the winter. A bit of exercise each day is also incredibly effective at keeping SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) at bay. SAD is found to be incredibly common amongst elderly people and can lead to quite severe depression. The best way to combat SAD is to get as much sunshine and vitamin D as possible, whilst keeping the mind and body active and moving. So, an hour of walking outside everyday, dressed up as warmly as possible, will go a long way to keeping one healthy and happy during the dark and cold months.
Keep Your Home Warm
This may seem obvious, but there are several very simple things that you can do to simultaneously keep your house warm and the bills low. Firstly, keep certain rooms warmer than others; for example, if you spend most of your time in the living room then it makes sense to keep it warm, aim for 20 degrees in these main rooms where you spend most of your time. For the kitchen, aim for a lower temperature, as cooking will automatically raise the temperature, so it is not worth paying to keep it warm. The bedroom is also one of those rooms that can sit at a slightly lower temperature, try and aim for about 18 degrees as slightly cooler temperatures result in better sleeping conditions. Beyond this, once the sun has gone down and natural light is minimal, drawing the curtains can help to retain heat inside the house and investing in double-glazed windows can be a superbly effective money-saving technique which also makes the most of your home’s heating.