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Winter Wellness Tips

Shaun Kaylor
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Winter time is all about the cold. Literally. Though some people love the cold weather it can be hard to enjoy catching an unlucky cold and ruining your winter break. With that, leading up to the winter break can also be hard especially since there will be a lot of tests to get out of the way. Let’s take some time to learn these wellness tips to stay physically and mentally healthy this winter. 

December time can be one of the most favorite seasons of the year. With holidays such as Christmas and New Years Eve and extra long breaks, there is one factor that doesn’t really get talked about. Winter time has a huge impact on the immune system. The cold temperatures going through nasal passages make infections more likely by eliminating your body’s natural immune response. It’s crucial to limit the spread of the virus by covering your nose and mouth when you cough and wash your hands regularly. Taking supplements or eating foods that contain vitamins like vitamin D can help you be resistant to illness and help your mood all together. Remember to drink plenty of water to boost your immune system, fight viruses, and to stay hydrated. 

San Marcos Junior, Jazmin Ordaz says, “I drink around 50-60 oz a day to keep me from getting sick and so I don’t feel fatigue.”It’s important to also maintain a healthy sleep schedule. Your body needs to rest and sleep deficiency can make you prone to viruses. 

Another issue that people can experience during winter time is dry skin. Low humidity and cold air It is essential to maintain a protective skin barrier this season to protect your skin from outbreaks such as cold sores and rashes. Solutions can include applying moisturizer daily and nightly. Using a humidifier can help with the low humidity. Apply chapstick and use face masks to maintain healthy skin. 

The most reliable aspect during this time of year can be the stressful weeks that lead up to this winter break. It can be hard since there’s a lot of material to get through before the big break. Studies show that stress can affect you physically and mentally. Which can also make you vulnerable to sickness. Ways to reduce stress this time of year and to stay on top of your mental health. It’s important to know that you can talk to someone. Take a break and make sure that you are your priority. Make sure you are getting enough fresh air and stay organized. 

The winter break can be so much more enjoyed by following these tips. Make sure you’re keeping healthy so you can live your winter break to your full potential. 

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Shaun Kaylor, Staff Writer
Shaun is in 11th grade at San Marcos High School and is currently is his second year of journalism as a staff writer. His favorite things to write about include Lifestyle and News. His favorite subjects are english and art. He had experience with piano, violin and theatre arts. In his free time, he enjoys swimming and writing.
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