7 winter wellness tips to help you stay healthy

Student stands in the snow wearing winter attire

There are several ways you can boost your immune system and avoid getting sick this winter. The University Health Center shares a few simple tips to stay well.  

1. Limit the spread of germs 

Remember to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow. Wash your hands regularly using soap and warm water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Learn more tips to stay germ-free.  

2. Stay hydrated 

Drinking enough water each day boosts your immune system and helps you fight viruses. Aim to drink enough water to equal two-thirds of your body weight in ounces every day. View more hydration tips.  

3. Up your vitamin D intake 

Low vitamin D levels can make you susceptible to illnesses and negatively affect your mental health. Boost your levels by getting in the sunshine and eating foods high in vitamin D, like mushrooms and salmon. 

4. Manage dry skin 

Cold air and low humidity can cause dry, itchy skin. Protect your skin by wearing lip balm, using a humidifier in your room, limiting your time in the shower or bath and immediately applying lotion after you dry off. Watch this webinar to learn more tips for healthy skin.  

5. Stay rested 

A lack of sleep can lower your immune system. Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule and getting seven to nine hours of sleep per night lets your body recover and protect against sickness. See these sleep resources for more information.  

6. Get vaccinated 

Immunizations are an important strategy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and flu on campus. Annual flu shots are free for students at the health center by appointment. COVID-19 bivalent boosters are available by appointment in the health center pharmacy.  

7. See a provider when you’re sick 

If you have COVID-19 or flu symptoms, call your health care provider to get tested or for expert advice to help you recover. Call 402.472.5000 to schedule an appointment at the University Health Center.