Of course it can happen at any time of year, but so often it turns out to be winter when we feel under assault from every passing cough, cold and sore throat. Some years are particularly bad for virulent strains of these common ailments and the more vulnerable among us must get their flu-jabs to be on the safe side. Even the strongest of us can end up temporarily bed-ridden if we’re not careful. With this in mind, it’s worth looking after ourselves during the colder months so that we emerge safe and sound into Spring when it finally arrives. Making sure that we’ve got special treats lined up, whether they’re cultural (theatre trips, winter gardens) or health-orientated (gay massage) is vital. And on top of that, there are things we can make sure we’re doing every single day to stay in tip-top condition.
First – get all the rest you need. Don’t get by on the bare minimum of sleep or your immune system will know it and you’ll be more prone to winter bugs. Adequate sleep is one of the most important gifts you can give your mind, body and soul. Of course, some lifestyles make this easier said than done. Perhaps consider creating a bedtime routine and then sticking to it, come hell or waters high, throughout the winter. Gay massage can make a real difference to your sleep patterns, relaxing you so deeply that, come nighttime, you drop off in minutes.
Stay hydrated. You’d think it would go without saying, but many people forget to drink water and then wonder why they’re not operating at full tilt. Making sure you drink plenty of water is one of the easiest health tasks you can demand of yourself.
Start the day healthily. Consider forgoing the sugar-rush breakfasts that so often tempt those of us with busy lifestyles. Jettison the donuts, pastries and excessively sugared cereals and granolas. Go for probiotic yoghurt, porridge, boiled eggs and fruit.
Can the caffeine. If you can, consider allowing the body to produce its own natural stimulants. Once we’re caffeine dependent, our clever little bodies reduce the extent to which they provide natural stimulants and so our dependency grows. You could always try the half-way house of using tea for a while before coming off caffeine altogether.
Of course, none of the above makes any of us completely immune to the various nasties that cloud their air in the winter months. We can find ourselves on public transport, seated next to some human mucus machine, coughing out every ailment known to man in a small, unventilated space. Our spirits sink as, involuntarily, we’re forced to breathe in the putrid, air-borne filth of someone else’s coughs. Diminish your risk by carrying hand sanitiser and don’t, whatever you do, rub your eyes after you’ve been on the Tube or bus.