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Some tips to stay warm this winter

November 25, 2018

It is that time of the year when you have lazy mornings and wants to cuddle up under your blanket. Yes, winter is almost here! In India, most of the cities experience cold and fog during November to January. Though climatic change has made winters way less colder, it is always best to prepare yourself for this lovely season!

Most people heave a sigh of relief on winters because you get a break from the scorching heat which happens throughout the year. You can sit in your favourite corner and sip a cup of coffee while reading a book! This is beautiful feeling, especially during winter evenings. But winters can be a little stressful for people with disabilities because they need to be extra protected. We have a few tips for disabled people to stay warm this winter.

I make sure that I eat a lot of healthy foods this season like hot soups which makes my body feel warm. Thick clothes are also a must. Exercising more than what you usually do on a regular basis will only make your body feel better during winters- Jasmina Khanna, wheelchair user

Check out these tips to stay warm this winter

  • Wear thick clothes- In India, wearing cotton is always the best option because most of the places experience a tropical weather and is super hot all round the year. Woolen clothes are apt for this season. But at the same time, make sure that you use cruelty free wool that is easily available in the market. There are plenty of cruelty free wool options. You definitely don't want to be a part of animal cruelty for protecting yourself this season! Synthetic fabric polyester is also a good option to go for this season. It is durable and lightweight too. So if you live in a really cold place, make sure you have a thick bed spread on your bed so that you feel warm when you go to sleep.
  • Go for physiotherapy and exercise- Most of the disabled people have regular physiotherapy sessions. They must not be missed during winter just because you are lazy to go outdoors! Immobility only makes things worse for you, including getting infected. So if you are unable to go for your sessions, at least try doing them from home.
  • Have a balanced and healthy diet- This goes without a say! There are certain foods that are apt for your body during winters. People are prone to coughs, colds and fevers this season. The only way to prevent that is to stay healthy and have intake of right nutrients. Have a lot of home cooked soups and warm foods. Lemon, ginger, garlic, lime, turmeric and honey pump you up with a lot of immunity that helps you stay away from diseases. Do not forget to drink lots and lots of water to stay hydrated and cleanse your body!
  • Moisturize yourself- Winters make skin rough and unhealthy for people with and without disabilities. We have a lot of good moisturizers and lotions available in the Indian market. Make sure you rub it throughout your body at least three times a day. Your skin will feel super good and energetic!

Madhurani is a wheelchair user from Bengaluru where the weather is getting colder as days pass by.

"I make sure that I wear winter clothes this season to protect myself. I control my food intake, eat a lot of healthy foods, exercise regularly, go out when the sun is shining bright and also do regular oil massages to safeguard my skin", says Madhurani.

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