Tips for Surviving the Winter

This winter has been a harsh one, there’s no doubt about that. Walking from class to class, back and forth campus doesn’t help much either. College students are consistently being subjected to long periods of time outside in cold air and winds, which can be damaging to our immune systems and skin. Here are a few tips to help you get through these cold winter months!

1. Immune System

  • Exercise
    • It will boost your serotonin levels, fighting off those winter blues.
    • It will help keep off the winter weight one can gain. Staying healthy will not only keep your immune system strong, but it will continue to help you feel confident about yourself!
  • Sleep
    • A lack of sleep can lead to a greater risk of physical and mental health ailments.
  • Nutrition
    • A deficiency of Vitamin D can lead to health problems, so eat a lot of Omega 3s and foods with antioxidants!
    • Drink water!! It’s in general one of the best things you can do for your body!
  • Stress Relief
    • Find time to relieve your stress. Stress directly impacts the immune system, making it easier for you to get sick.
    • Yoga, reading, writing, whatever works for you, find time for YOU.

2. Skin

  • Avoid excessive hand washing – it dries out your skin.
  • Avoid long, hot showers
    • it will strip your body of it’s natural moisture, which also leads to dry, flaky skin.
  • Use a heavy, oil-based moisturizer
  • Eat a lot of foods with antioxidants and omega 3s
  • If your room/living space is extra dry, try a humidifier!

3. Nutrients

  • Eating healthy not only keeps your immune system going strong, but you as well! Eating healthy will help you get through the day, and will give you an extra boost of confidence! The winter days are short. The lack of sun means a lack of serotonin, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D. Your body will automatically crave sugary, “feel-good” foods to take place of the gloomy slump you may find yourself in. Remembering to intake foods that will make you feel good throughout the entire day versus foods that make you feel good in the moment will help you get through these down months!
  • Omega 3s, Vitamin C & D, Antioxidants, & drink lots of water!!

4. Hair

  • Hats protect your hair and scalp from the wind, snow, rain, and cold air.
  • Remember to keep your hair moisturized.
    • There are many great deep conditioning treatments you can find online and in stores! I prefer natural methods such as coconut oil.
  • Lay off the heat
    • Letting your hair air dry instead of blowing it dry keeps it from getting brittle and damaged.
  • Static
    • Use a static-guard or dryer sheets
    • Static-y hair means that your scalp is dry, and therefore needs more moisture. Your hair getting static-y may mean it’s time for some added moisture, like a conditioning treatment!
    • Brushes with natural bristles also help better than brushes with plastic bristles!

5. Face

  • Eye Drops!! It’s easy for your eyes to feel the wrath of these winter winds and the cold air, especially for people who wear contacts. Keep on you a bottle of eye drops for when your eyes start to feel itchy or dry.
    • Also, keep your hands away from your eyes. Lotions can further irritate them.
  • Protect your skin from windburn with a face cream that has a high SPF.
  • Also, if possible use a thick moisturizer to help with flaky, dry skin.
    • Moisturizing facial masks are also very helpful, and keep your skin full of its natural nutrients.
    • Exfoliating nightly to every other night is also very helpful, especially for people with naturally dry skin.
  • Chapped Lips
    • Lip balm and/or Vaseline are the best way to protect and help your chapped lips; but when things get more rough than usual, scrub lips gently with a toothbrush to get rid of extra flaky skin. Apply Vaseline afterwards.

Sources:

http://www.cncahealth.com/explore/learn/general-health/9-top-health-tips-for-sur-thriving-winter#.VPUCRykrjzI

http://manouvellemode.com/2013/02/07/7-tips-for-winter-hair-care/

http://greatist.com/health/healthy-winter-skin-hair

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/immune-system-lack-of-sleep

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