Last week, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, indicating six more weeks of winter. Although Groundhog Day is just folklore and weather predictions call for warmer temperatures over the next few days, this is Nebraska, where the weather could suddenly change at the drop of a hat.
Here are a few steps you can take to set yourself up for a healthy, successful last few weeks of winter:
It’s no secret that wearing layers will keep you warm. When choosing what to wear on bitterly cold days, be sure each layer you add is larger than the one underneath, which will help keep you from overheating. Ensure your coat is warm and comfortable. If you don’t have one, check Goodwill, Nebraska Crossing Outlets, Amazon, etc. Don’t forget your scarf, hat and gloves!
Protect your eyes and skin
Wear sunglasses even in winter months to protect you eyes from sun glare. Cold temperatures and a blustering wind can also dry out your skin, so use lotion to moisturize your face and hands and apply lip balm as needed.
Washing your hands with warm soapy water for 30 seconds is the best way to prevent germs from spreading, but it doesn’t hurt to have a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you on the go. No one likes getting sick, so save yourself the hassle by getting a flu shot (available to UNL students for free at the University Health Center). It’s also a good idea to have disinfecting wipes in your dorm room to wipe your commonly used items such as desks, backpacks, phones, light switches, door knobs and microwave buttons.
Be prepared for inclement weather
If you’re traveling anywhere, even within city limits, keep an emergency kit in your car in case of an accident or sudden bad weather. Your kit should include items such as:
- A shovel
- Windshield scarper and small broom
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Warm blanket(s) and extra clothes
- Salt or cat litter for traction
- Booster cables
- Nonperishable food and bottled water
- First aid kit
Treat your body kindly
Support your immune system by eating a well-balanced diet. Try to eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, dark leafy greens, bell peppers, broccoli and peas.
Exercise regularly during the winter months to lower the risk of getting sick. Pick an activity you enjoy and schedule it into your day. Not sure where to start? Check out the Campus Rec Center!
Fight the winter blues
If you’re feeling irritable, are oversleeping or have a lack of energy, you might be struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Read our SAD blog post to learn more about how you can cope. Our Counseling and Psychological Services team can help. Call 402-472-7450 to make an appointment.
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