A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide for Winter Wellness

by Ilaria M. Reyes MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Coastal Bend Advanced Practice Nurses President

While South Texas winters may not be as frigid compared to those felt by our neighbors to the North, ’tis the season most synonymous with sniffles, sinuses, coughs, colds, and other flu-like symptoms. To help the body build a better health resistance, here are some tips for winter wellness:

1. Wash Your Hands!

Washing your hands frequently keeps those germs at bay, especially with all the respiratory illnesses that occur during this time of year.

2. Stay Home!

If you are sick or don’t feel well just stay home. We want to keep everyone else healthy, too!

3. Get Up to Date on Your Vaccines

I get my flu shot every year!

4. Exercise!

Exercise is good for your heart and your mental health as it gets those feel good endorphins flowing!

5. Vitamin D

Take your Vitamin D! We tend to be inside more during the winter and therefore don’t get enough sunlight. Vitamin D helps to control infections, strong bones and may even help with those winter blues.

6. Vitamin C

Take your Vitamin C daily as it boosts your immune system and helps to fight infections like colds and flus.

7. Hydration

Stay hydrated by drinking several cups of water a day. This is extremely important on many levels!

8. Moisturize

By moisturizing your skin, you help your skin to stay healthy during these cold months!

9. Me Time

Take time for yourself. During these cold months it’s also the holidays so it can be stressful. It’s important to take a minute and relax. Go get that pedicure – you deserve it!

10. Follow Up

If you don’t feel well and/or you just don’t know – follow up with your physician or a local nurse practitioner, like me, and we can help guide you to continue to stay healthy!

About the Author

Ilaria M. Reyes MSN, APRN, FNP-C earned her Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and is board-certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has worked with the disabled and elderly population in South Texas and currently works for QC Clinic & Labs.

Ilaria mentors students and is active in her professional organizations, such as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, serves as Policy Chair for the Texas Nurse Practitioners, and is currently President of the Coastal Bend Advanced Practice Nurses organization.

During her free time, she enjoys kayaking and fishing with her family and volunteers at first aid stations, walks, health fairs and fundraisers for her local NP organization.

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