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Five ways to stay well this winter

1. Gather the troops

There’s nothing like a family get-together to warm the cockles of your heart. Invite your family and friends over for a mid-winter Christmas potluck, followed by lots of fireside chat. You’ll feel so much better for it.

2. Stop bugs in their tracks

Prevent those winter bugs spreading by stopping them where they often start – in the classroom or the office. Pack small bottles of hand sanitizer in your work bag and the kids’ schoolbags and use throughout the day. Make sure you’ve got one within easy reach at home too.

3. Get your brain working

Keeping your brain busy is a great way to ward off the winter blues. Rather than chilling out in front of the TV, turn your hand to something new like a language course, an unusual craft, a cooking class or a bit of volunteer work.

4. Get outside

Heathy doses of Vitamin D, exercise and light are essential to a good mood. Grab an umbrella and boots and go kick through some puddles for 15 minutes a day. You’ll enjoy snuggling down to watch that movie so much more when you get back.

5. Change your toothbrush

You’ve changed the sheets after a bout of the flu – but what about your toothbrush? It’s a good idea to replace your brushes after you or someone in your family has had a cold or sore throat, to avoid reinfection.