If you’re not a fan of the winter season, you may not want to start thinking about the colder months until you have to. Perhaps you don’t even want to think about flu season, snow, and frigid temperatures. However, beginning to prepare now for the challenges winter brings will help keep you happy and healthy in the coming months.
Think About Your Healthcare
Make sure routine and preventative healthcare visits are up to date and get a flu shot. If you’ve been putting off getting a physical examination or discussing nagging health issues with your doctor, now is the time to make an appointment. Winter storms and road closures can make it difficult to travel to appointments during the winter months.
You should also discuss any prescription medications you’re taking with your doctor to make sure your medications are working well for you. If you currently receive your medications on a monthly basis, you may want to consider switching to a 90-day supply. You may also be able to receive your medications by mail to avoid winter trips to the pharmacy.
Think About Diet and Exercise
A healthy diet and exercise may help boost your immune system, which can help you avoid colds and viruses this winter. Make sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with lean protein and dairy products, so your body gets the right vitamins and minerals you need for optimal health. Ask your doctor whether you should start taking a vitamin supplement if you find it difficult to eat healthy.
Think About Your Safety
If your doctor tells you to avoid shoveling snow, now would be a good time to find someone to perform all snow removal tasks for the winter. Planning ahead will allow you adequate time to find a snow removal service that’s reliable and affordable. You can stock up on ice melt to keep walkways clean and dry as well.
Fall is a great time to give your vehicle a winter weather check-up. Make sure the tires on your car are in good shape for safe winter weather driving. Have your antifreeze levels checked and your battery power tested, as cold weather can wreak havoc on car batteries.
You may also want to put together a winter weather emergency kit to keep in the car in the event you are out and become stranded due to a surprise snow or ice storm. Blankets, flares, a flashlight, non-perishable snacks, and water are good items to put in your kit.
Make sure you have protective winter footwear to keep your feet dry and healthy. Wet feet can lead to blisters and sores, which can lead to serious health issues, especially for those with diabetes or other health conditions. Make sure you’re ready to keep warm this winter by having coats dry cleaned or replaced if necessary.
Think About Your Social Life
Social interaction is important for seniors’ mental health any season of the year, but it may be even more important during the winter months. Extreme weather can lead to seniors being isolated and alone for longer periods of time. This can lead to feelings of depression.
Start thinking about a new hobby you may want to try for those times you can’t get out to socialize with friends or family. You may want to consider taking an online class to learn your new hobby. Getting involved in online communities and social media is another way to stay connected to others during the winter season.
Get ready for the winter season now to stay healthy, safe, and happy during the coming months. Starting out the season prepared will give you peace of mind knowing you’re ready to face the challenges of the winter season. Contact Stellis Health to address any health concerns you have regarding staying in the best health this winter.