The winter, for many in the country, it’s a time of trying to drive to work during a blizzard without getting stuck. But while there are several challenges from dealing with winter in general, the season can also be hard on your body and mind, leading to health issues.
There are specific health problems that are more common when the thermometer drops. From the risk of frostbite from too much exposure to the cold to mental struggles including depression, winter can potentially be a hazard. Here are some of the more common issues you might experience during the colder season, and some tips on how to overcome them…
Contrary to what some think, you don’t get a cold or flu simply by being out in the cold. However, the lower temperatures do make it easier for some viruses (namely the common cold) to invade your body and even replicate faster, according to Everyday Health.
However, there are some ways to reduce the risk of getting sick from a cold or flu. One way is to ensure you wash your hands regularly. Another is to get a flu shot, which significantly reduces the chance of major symptoms. The source also suggests to “cut back on dairy and sugar, both of which affect congestion and your ability to fight off viruses.”