Winter isn’t just a shock to nature—your mind and body are also greatly affected by the shift in weather and shorter days, making the change difficult to adjust to. It’s common to experience a variety of side effects, from winter blues and trouble sleeping to achy muscles and joints and rough, dry skin. Unlike animals that grow thicker fur and hibernate for a good portion of the season, we unlucky humans must continue to work and handle our regular responsibilities instead of sleeping all day and keeping warm in the comfort of our own homes.
Fortunately, there are ways to help our bodies adjust, manage, and even thrive during cooler—or downright freezing—weather and snow. Here are ten healthful ways to ease the transition into winter…
1. Stay Hydrated
When winter hits, too many of us stop drinking the amount of water we should be, causing stress on our bodies that can make it difficult to adjust to winter. A glass of cold water is refreshing in the heat of summer, but you probably feel very differently about it during the winter months. And just because the heat is gone doesn’t mean your body needs less water. If you often develop cracked and chapped lips, and dry skin all over your body during the cooler and cold months, dehydration may be contributing to this. Thankfully, there’s a very easy way to lessen the struggle your body goes through by ensuring you stay hydrated.
Drinking water is an obvious solution, and a good one at that. But getting your recommended intake of water (about 8 individual 8 ounce glasses per day is the general consensus) isn’t the only way. Loading up on fruits and vegetables can help because they contain a lot of water. You can also drink tea and have soups for lunch or dinner to increase your water intake. Don’t dry out this winter and put unnecessary stress on your body—staying hydrated is an easy but effective way to ease your body into winter.