Fight Winter Cold and Blues

Fitness group class with elderly lady in front smiling.

The lack of daylight hours may dampen your mood this time of the year. Are you more prone to becoming sick in the winter? Follow these tips to fight the winter blues and feel healthier:

1. Take a class.
Sign up to take a  fitness, cooking, sewing, scrapbooking or other new class in the community. These improve mental and physical fitness as well as fulfill that social craving we need. 

2. Stock up on pens.
Don’t leave the house without a pen in the pocket or purse. It may sound silly, but using your own to sign bills, cards and other paperwork will help prevent the spread of germs. 

3. Clean your hands often.
Hand hygiene is the best way to prevent infections. Apply soap and water and rub all fingers and hands, back and front, top to bottom for at least 20 seconds. Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you and use it until you can locate a sink. 

4. Maximize indoor air.
Change the air filters in your home. Clean up drawers and closets. Wash linens and remove dust in every room. Ensure that your home is vented properly and the humidity is controlled. Bring in a few indoor winter plants or put out fresh flowers to brighten the room and your mood. 

5. Obtain more sleep.
Bears aren’t the only creatures that need more sleep in winter. We humans do, too. Less light in the day produces melatonin and signals your brain to want more rest. Don’t fight it. Spend time snoozing more this season so that when spring arrives, you are ready to jump into action.

At Baptist Health Care, we want you feeling great. If you’re not, visit to book an appointment with a physician.