TAKE CARE THIS WINTER
Be kind to your skin this winter.
Winters in Southern Africa are harsh, making it difficult to thrive and stay healthy. Care for dry skin using a thicker moisturizer. Appropriate winter skin care products often contain jojoba oil, shea butter, almond oil, olive oil or grapeseed oil. Also try using milder soaps, like milk soaps, gel soaps or oil cleansers in the winter.
Be careful not to turn up the heat in the shower. It may warm you up on a chilly winter morning, but it can make dry skin worse as the hot water strips your skin of its natural moisture. The same goes for heaters and electric blankets that also dries skin out. An effective cure is to apply thick oil-based lotions as soon as you get out of the shower, while your skin is still damp. Heavy creams or lotions will help lock in moisture and banish dry skin.
Be kind to the less fortunate.
Support the charities for the homeless in your area. Being homeless is hard, but in winter, the homeless find mere survival and staying warm a huge challenge.
Consider donating things like blankets, gloves, scarves, caps, socks and personal hygiene products to your nearest shelter.
Do not give alms at the robots. Giving beggars money perpetuates the problem and keeps them going back to the streets for your coins. Rather give your contributions to organised charities where money and effort is spent on the rehabilitation of the homeless and helping individuals develop skills to make re-entering into general society a bit easier.
Be kind to animals
Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories. Make sure they have plenty of water to drink that will keep them hydrated and their skins less dry.
Make sure your companion animals have warm places to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cosy dog- or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
Remember, if it’s too cold for you to sleep outside, it’s probably too cold for your pet to sleep outside. Bring your animals inside and always be kind.
Follow the Sun!
Most people know that sunlight provides us with Vitamin D. Vitamin D has several important functions in our bodies. Perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus which ensures that the immune system functions normally.
If you are deficient in vitamin D, you may want to take a supplement or increase their sun exposure. It is very hard to get sufficient amounts through diet alone. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.
But, did you know that vitamin D also affects your mood? Winter days are shorter and darker than other months; and because of the cold weather, a lot of people spend less and less time outdoors. A lack of sunlight can cause many people to become depressed without knowing why. Similar to exercise, sunlight exposure releases neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood.
Try to spend a little more time outdoors and keep your curtains and blinds open during the day to let more light in. Sit near windows to make as much use of the sun and natural light as you can.