Here’s a look at fall health tips to share with your team, including some not-often-thought-about ideas to stay well:
1. Moisturize Skin Before It Gets Too Dry
Fall is when the humidity levels dip a bit and central heat gets turned on for the first time all year. As a result, the skin’s natural moisture gets sucked out, which can cause cracks and bleeding. After showering and throughout the day, be sure to moisturize with lotion to prevent skin issues like infections due to cracking.
2. Check Safety Alarms
Ideally, it’s best to do a monthly check on the working status of smoke alarms. Sometimes, though, it’s one of those home and workplace items that gets pushed down on the to-do list. Since most house fires increase during the fall and winter, remind employees to check both their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they’re in working order. CO poisoning in particular can cause symptoms to come and go including chest pain, dizziness, and headaches. A quick check of all home (and workplace) safety alarms keeps everyone healthy and out of harm’s way.
3. Get a Flu Shot
Flu season is here. Before the end of October, opt to get your full shot to keep influenza away. Aside from keeping the flu away, new research shows a flu shot may also lower stroke risk by as much as 12 percent. This is especially helpful for those with high cholesterol and blood pressure. Experts agree you can get the flu shot and Covid shot at the same time.
4. Mask Up Indoors
Those living in medium-to-high risk areas where Covid is spreading may want to continue masking up indoors. This may also be helpful throughout the fall for those who wish to avoid most viruses, including the flu or the common cold.
5. Focus on Financial Wellness
Money worries are hard to handle without adding a mental illness on top of it. Recently, the London-based nonprofit group Money and Mental Health (MMH) reported that those with mental health issues are “three-and-a-half times more likely to be in problem debt than people without mental health challenges.” With the holidays coming up, that can be even more troublesome when it comes to spending too much. This fall, start looking at ways to regain financial stability. This may mean working with a financial advisor and/or therapist to start conversations about what that looks like to keep spending habits in check.
6. Take Vitamin D
In colder climates, a lack of sunshine exposure can cause vitamin D levels to plummet. Consider adding a vitamin D supplement to your diet if you don’t intake a lot through cereal, soy milk, orange juice or yogurt. A doc can perform a blood test to check your levels.
Take a multivitamin? Good news: A new study found a daily multivitamin may be more useful than previously thought. Researchers from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that a daily multivitamin may improve brain function in older adults. While more research is needed, it is a promising step, researchers say.
7. Consume Healthy Foods
One of the smartest fall health tips: Eat what’s in season. Fall offers a unique variety of healthy foods that only come around once a year. (No, a pumpkin spice latte doesn’t count!) Opt to fill your plate with fibrous pumpkin, sweet pears, kale, beets, and more. Roasting squashes and root veggies make for an excellent side dish. Leftovers can be blended into a hearty soup, too, to keep the fall chill away.
8. Try Crockpot Meals
With daylight dwindling sooner, you may notice depleted energy levels by the end of the day. This can make it tough to want to cook a healthy or elaborate meal after a long work day. Instead, pull out your slow cooker and enjoy meals that are simply poured and served. An added bonus: Lower cooking temperatures may help preserve nutrients that can be lost when food is cooked too fast in high heat.
9. Book Those Health Appointments
Dealing with health concerns you’ve been putting off all year because you don’t have time? Consider booking your annual eye exam, physical, and other specialist appointments now. The end of the year tends to get busy for many providers as people try to snag appointments in-between holidays.
10. Get Active Outside
The cooler weather is a perfect reason to workout outdoors. Not only does exercise increase your immunity, but it also can boost your mental health when weather patterns can get you down. Whether you enjoy apple picking, hiking, running, or even yard work, spend time outdoors for a mental and physical boost this fall.
11. Take Time for Self-Care
The end of the year is a prime time for burnout. There are tons of holidays, deadlines, work expectations, and more. Make it a priority to take time for yourself. Whether it’s 20 minutes to read at night, an evening walk alone after dinner, or a phone call to a friend, make it happen at least once a week. You’ll feel refreshed in this busy season and stay mentally healthier, too.