Autumn is a season of change, and as the temperatures drop, it’s essential to take practical steps to help your family prepare for the cooler weather. By eating healthily, taking vitamins, dressing warmly, and making other minor changes, you can ensure that you and your family stay healthy and happy throughout autumn.
One of the keys to good health is a healthy diet. As the cooler weather settles over us, focusing on foods rich in vitamins and nutrients that can help support your immune system is a good idea.
Foods high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, broccoli, and bell peppers, can help boost your immune system and fight off infections. Additionally, foods high in vitamin D, such as fatty fish, mushrooms, and fortified dairy products, can help support your immune system and keep your bones strong.
“We get by with a little help from our friends” (we know you sang that). Effectively, vitamins are boosters that aid a healthy diet. Taking vitamins can also be beneficial in helping to support your immune system. Supplements such as vitamins C, D, and zinc can help strengthen your body during cooler seasons.
Dress for success.
Dressing warmly may seem obvious, but sometimes we don’t want to let go of those glorious Summer days. Furthermore, toddlers refuse jackets, socks or shoes at any point in the year. It’s not quite cold, but you can certainly feel a nip in the air. Our answer? Layers!
Wearing layers of clothing can help to keep your body warm and protected from colder temperatures—time to whip out those light coats, scarves, and light jerseys for your little one.
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Keep moving during the cooler months (if you have a toddler, move even more than you are already). Regular exercise boosts your immune system and keeps your body strong and healthy. Walking, cycling, jogging, or regular hikes can be great ways to stay active in autumn. Take up some mommy and me dance classes with your tot for extra bonding time and fun.
Schedule a check-up with your healthcare professional. Your doctor uses these annual appointments to monitor your health, update necessary vaccinations, and track existing conditions. This is a great time to get that flu shot you promise to get every year.
Hygiene, hygiene and more hygiene
Hopefully, many of us have a greater sense of hygiene awareness given the state of the world over the past few years. Practising good hygiene is an excellent way to prevent those sniffles. Start your little ones young and help them create good hygiene habits.
Easy ones to start them off with include:
- Covering their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Washing their hands often, especially before and after meals
- Avoid touching their face
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Finally, getting enough sleep is essential for staying healthy and energised. It may be easier said than done, but ensure you and your children get enough rest. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and establish a consistent bedtime routine to help ensure that everyone is getting the rest they need. If you’re having trouble with sleep, get some professional help. You won’t regret it.