6 Ways to Stay Healthy This Fall & WinterNov. 6th, 2015 3:36 pm
Our Western New York Catholic schools hope everyone had an exciting and safe Halloween. We have been blessed with some wonderful weather to start the fall season, but as we all know, WNY winter weather is right around the corner. As the weather gets colder, we tend to stay indoors, and seasonal colds and illnesses begin to spread., Here are a few things to consider while trying to stay healthy in body and mind.
1. Stay Positive
If being stuck inside causes cabin fever, it may cause us to get a little down in the dumps. Once the snow and frigid temperatures kick in, it can seem like spring is light years away. To stay positive, try keeping a gratitude journal. It's a place where you and your family can write down five things each day that you're grateful for that day. This is great to keep students of Christian schools humble and thankful during the holidays as well!
2. Healthy Diet
One of the most important factors in a healthy mind and body is maintaining a regular healthy diet. Eating well can make a huge difference in the way you and your family feel throughout those long winter days. As it gets chilly, seasonal warming foods can be the perfect ending to a long day at school or work. Encouraging little ones to help you prepare meals will provide an opportunity to model healthy eating while having fun.
3. Sweat it Out
You and your Chritian school students won't be able to get out and bask in the sun like we do in the warmer months, but that doesn't mean you can't get a good sweat. Saunas and steam rooms are great for adults to sweat out toxins, loosen winter cold mucus, and clear airways when you're sick. For an at home option to get some steam therapy simply turn on a hot shower and stand away from the water. It's also great for children who can't seem to kick that sniffle.
Exercise is the best way to work up a sweat, improve immunity, and boost a positive mind. It's not easy to find the desire to stay active when it's so cold out. We tend to find the whole family hibernating indoors, which can cause us to become stagnant. Little things like playing out in the snow with the kids, stretching, yoga, taking a walk or cranking up the tunes and having a dance party are simple ways to ensure we are moving a little bit each day. Another bonus: Exercise improves sleep, so physical activity each day will help your little ones to sleep soundly.
5. Get Quality Sleep
Not sleeping enough sleep, and not getting enough quality sleep can cause you and your Catholic school students to feel irritable, and be subject to overeating and sugar cravings. It also hinders the ability for us to handle stress and be able to accomplish all of our duties, whether at work or the kids in school. The cold temperatures take more energy from us than the warmer months, so get a little extra shuteye to keep you and the kids positive and bright eyed!
The "grey days" of winter prevent us from getting sufficient levels of vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin C is crucial in preventing colds and illnesses. Be sure that your Catholic school students are getting the proper vitamins by adding a children's multivitamin, in addition to a healthy assortment of greens and fruit. Fruit smoothies and vegetable soups are a great way to make sure we are getting all the vitamins we need to boost our immunity and maintain a positive mood.
We hope this gives a little additional insight into how you and your elementary and high school students can maintain a healthy mind and body this winter. Western New York Catholic schools blog will continue to provide health and wellness tips as we embark on another WNY winter wonderland.
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