Busy moms know that it’s a full-time job keeping an eye on the family’s health. From babies to grandparents, you might feel like you’ve got your hands full during winter in particular. But with a few helpful tips, you’ll be able to minimize illness and keep everyone in tip-top shape.
1. Take to the outdoors
Some Canadian winter days are truly meant to be spent indoors by the fire. But don’t make excuses every day! Bundle up, put on the right footwear, and get out there even for just a little bit. A short hike in the fresh outdoor air will do wonders for both mental and physical health. Got little ones? Play “I Spy” while you wander around this winter wonderland.
2. Add an extra-smart layer to your wardrobe
Don’t let the cold stop you. For your innermost layer, use a moisture-wicking fabric rather than cotton. Top it with loose-fitting layers and you’ll stay much warmer.
3. Get creative with indoor action
On days where the ice impedes your outdoor activities, find a safe haven indoors where you can all get moving. Walk through the mall and enjoy the climate control. Can’t get the car out of the driveway? Put on your fast-paced music and have a dance party. The kids will love it and you’ll work off calories in a fun way.
4. Take care of your mental health
Not everyone is happy to see all the snow. In fact, many people feel gloomy and hopeless during the long, cold winters here. Keep your own mood up by keeping in social contact (even if it’s virtually) with friends and relatives and do what you can to fill up your cup to help keep the rest of your family mentally well. Look for signs of winter gloom creeping up for spouses, teens, and the elderly. Should any of you need help, make sure to reach out!
5. Put the focus on nutrition
Proper nutrition is always in season, but in winter, it’s critical to get the right vitamins. With less sunshine, vitamin D should be a greater focus. Look for foods rich with this vitamin like yogurt and milk. And don’t forget the rainbow of vitamins brought to you by fresh, seasonal produce. Aim to eat fresher by the day and everyone won’t just feel well physically…they’ll feel well mentally too.
6. Protect skin from winter winds
The heat in your home and the cold air outside create the perfect storm for dry and itchy skin. Babies can be even more susceptible so keep a humidifier going in your home, avoid using hot water to bathe with, and keep skin moisturized with a cream that will protect it from the ravages of winter.
7. Disinfect regularly
And just like in any season, keep your family healthy by keeping good hygiene in the forefront. Handwashing for 20 seconds with regular soap will reduce germ spread.
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