It’s important to keep ourselves healthy and functioning – this also means taking care of our emotional and psychological health. As the days get shorter, the weather gets colder, and the semester starts building to a close with finals and assignments due, it can be easy to let our health – all aspects of it – go by the wayside.

Here at Dissertation Editor, we get it. We’ve all been there. We have spent countless all-nighters, procrastinated, ordered too many coffees and too much take-out. And sometimes we paid the price for that. We’re now here to tell you it doesn’t have to be like that, and you can stay healthier during the winter season.

Here are some tips on how to stay healthier during winter time.

Wash your hands frequently. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it bears repeating. Washing your hands with soap and water helps protect your immune system, and reduces your risk of cold and flu germs – as well as COVID-19. So keep on washing! If your hands get dry in the winter, stock up on protective moisturizing hand cream.

Add some spice to your life. Especially in your cooking! Garlic, ginger, onions, turmeric, and cilantro not only add delicious flavors to your food, but can also boost your immune function and reduce inflammation.

Pay attention to the foods you eat. When it gets super cold, it’s very tempting to carb-load and turn to comfort foods like mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and pastas. You can still eat those, but try to also fill your plate with vegetables, especially dark green and orange ones, to get important nutrients. One option to help get your fill could be soups – butternut squash soups, carrot ginger soups, hearty vegetable soups – these will also hit the spot for great comfort food meals.

Keep moving. We know it’s hard, especially when the weather is less than welcoming. But staying active and getting exercise can help your immune system, boost your mood, and be a good stress-buster. Wear layers and weather-specific clothing, and take a walk around the neighborhood! Park your car further away from stores when running errands. Take the steps instead of the elevator if possible.

Get help when you need it. If you’re in over your head with classes and are feeling the emotional and academic stress, talk with someone about it. Go to your school counseling center. Email your professors and let them know about the difficulties you’re having. Seek tutoring at the academic center. You don’t have to do this alone, whether you’re needing emotional or academic support. There are people to help you in all sorts of ways. Dissertation Editor is one of those people, too. Contact us today to see how we can be of assistance.

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