At this time of the year, many of us start to struggle with coughs, colds, and other winter bugs. As soon as the weather begins to turn, and especially when the kids get back to school, cols seem to spread like wildfire. This year, however, we might have a little more to deal with. With the COVID-19 pandemic still in circulation, we’re more worried than ever about staying healthy. With every cough or cold, we worry if that’s all it is, or if our symptoms could be the sign of something else and after a year of ups and downs, lockdowns are quarantines, few of us are eager to spend more time stuck in our homes. Fortunately, there are some super easy ways to boost your health. Here’s a look at some of the best.
Get Regular Checks
COVID-19 has changed our lives in many ways. You might not feel as though you are able to just head to your GP if you are feeling ill. You may even be putting off visits when you are worried about symptoms, or if you have regular checks that you need to attend.
This is a mistake. Yes, things have changed, and your doctor might have their own restrictions. You might be offered a phone consolation first or asked to wear a mask and wait outside until your appointment. But you should still attend.
If you are worried about symptoms, head to your GP. If you have any skin concerns, make an appointment with a skin doctors, and if you are due a routine check-up, don’t put it off.
Look at Your Diet
If you’ve spent the last few months eating what you want, enjoying more alcohol, and finding comfort in food, you aren’t alone. We’ve all dealt with stress and anxiety in our own way, and many of us have got out of our healthy eating habits and gained a little weight.
But what you eat plays a big part in how you are feeling and can even boost your immune system and help you to prevent coughs and colds. Eating healthily and adding immune-boosting foods such as spinach, citrus fruits, broccoli, yoghurt, and ginger can help you to stay healthy all year round.
You may have also been doing less exercise than usual, especially if your gym or health centre has been closed, and if we’re honest, few of us enjoy exercise as much when it’s cold. Less exercise can lead to weight gain, poor mood, bad quality sleep, and weakened cardiovascular health.
Increase your cardio exercise slowly, with regular walks or home workouts before trying anything more intense. Remember, any movement counts.
Get More Sleep
Our sleep cycles have been all over the place for a while. But now the time has come to get back into a routine. Sleep is important. It gives your body a chance to rest and the best chance to fight off any bugs that you may have. Sleeping well can help you to stay healthy and to feel better when you are under the weather.
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