Feeling under the weather and run down?
Maybe you feel a little more tired than normal, maybe you are coming down with a cold?
Sometimes the cold weather at this time of year can really make you feel down and unwell.
It is important that in these temperatures you look after yourself.
The GP’s and emergency services are always stretched to their limits around this time of year, especially when there are temperatures such as -10 degrees on some days.
With the ‘beast from the east’ well and truly hitting all areas of the country, it is all about staying warm and safe.
What are the best tips in these conditions?
It might seem obvious but piling on a few extra layers is a great way to stay warm, especially if you have to be outside. Keeping your core warm is especially important when temperatures dip below freezing.
Eating healthy in the winter is important to fight off colds and the flu, but did you know it might help keep you warm too?
Eating healthy fats during the winter can help you rev up metabolism, which in turn heats the body.
Try eating soups, spicy foods, hot drinks and casseroles to keep that chill off.
Hypothermia, is worst case scenario. Hypothermia is when the body temperature drops to abnormal low temperatures and can make you really ill. It is most likely to begin in the hands and feet, so keeping your toes warm is important. Whether you are walking to work or just around the block, or even de-icing the car, make sure to wear sturdy, insulated shoes that will keep your feet dry and in addition help reduce the risk of slipping.
Listen to your body, if you are starting to feel ill with symptoms such as headaches, runny nose, shivering, sore throat, coughing and sneezing or light body aches think about resting and addressing your immune system. When you start to feel these symptoms, it is important to act quickly to help speed up your recovery and get back to normality as soon as possible.
- Keep warm
- Soothe a sore throat
- Improve your vitamin and mineral intake
Anything more severe than this make sure that you make an appointment with the GP in case you have a virus or infection which needs attention.
Numerous people get sick, feel fed-up or run down at this time of year, especially in these weather conditions. The important thing is to keep warm, safe and healthy.
Additionally, do not forget to:
- Protect your pipes
- Look after your fury friends
- Keep extra coats and emergency kit in your car
- Monitor fires and heaters
- Adjust your heater timings to more frequent
- Check on elderly or disabled family and friends
- Stay active
If you have injured yourself in the cold weather or are suffering from increased muscular or joint pain, Function Jigsaw can help.
To book your appointment, call the Leicester Clinic now on 01163400255