Whether you’ve lived in Nebraska for years or merely since August, adjusting to the chilly weather is challenging for most.

While it might be tempting in this earlier period of transition to put off grabbing your coat before walking out the door in defiance, it’s time to let go and embrace the fact that the colder temperatures are here to stay.

Although the weather isn’t at it’s worst yet, it’s important to prepare the body now by adopting winter wellness habits into your everyday routine. Here are a few simple tips that will keep you warm and healthy during this change of seasons:

  • Dress in layers to be comfortable both inside and out. Think beyond just your coat. Consider pullover sweatshirts or cardigans and important accessories like earmuffs, scarves and gloves.
  • Wear sunglasses even in the cooler, cloudier months to protect your eyes from glare. This is especially important when the snow and ice begin to arrive!
  • Keep an emergency kit in your care to prepare for accidents or inclement weather. For tips on how to build you kit, check out this website.
  • Eat foods rich in Vitamin C, such as oranges, dark leafy greens, bell peppers, broccoli and peas. The dining halls are a great resource for getting these healthy choices.
  • Exercise regularly to lower your risk of getting sick. Now is a great time to check out Campus Rec if you haven’t already!
  • Sleep well and consistently, maintain social connection and eat a balanced diet to keep the immune system well. If you are start to feel under the weather, come get a free cold care kit from Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center. No appointment needed! Just walk-in and request one from the greeter when you arrive.

Get a free winter wellness kit and learn more tips about how to stay well in the cooler temperatures at the Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center peer educator tables the week of Nov. 13. Find them outside the Abel/Sandoz, Harper/Schramm/Smith, Selleck and Willa Cather Dining Halls.

Remember, if you ever need tips to stay well or start to feel under the weather, Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center is here to help. Call 402.472.5000 to make an appointment or visit our website to learn more.