By Farah Jamil
Winter is coming. This season has always had its own charm and attraction. Although in several cases it becomes unbearable but still people do have a pleasant time and enjoy the weather. Here in Pakistan , the scorching heat is always a problem and every year the problem increases.
Moreover the energy crisis is also a problem in Pakistan, so welcoming pleasant winters is someone the Pakistanis look forward to. November- this is the time of the year when the strength of the heat weakens. In the early months of the winter season, the weather can be dangerous as people can catch a cold due to the dry winds and sudden climatic changes. This year, it has become more dangerous for people as the fifth season ‘smog’ has been announced.
Pakistani environmentalists refer to November, when crop burning, higher emissions of chemicals and cold weather combine to blanket the parts of Punjab Province with acrid smog, as a “fifth season”. At this point in time, people should take safety measures to protect themselves. Climate change plus smog can be more dangerous for one’s health. People can easily deal with smog by keeping their activities on a low pace in the smoggy days.
Make sure to keep your home, health and sanity intact by taking the following preventive measures now.
• Take Precautions:
Don’t take chances with smog when air quality is poor. The best approach is to spend less time outdoors and replace vigorous activities, like running or biking, with other options, such as walking.
• Eat Healthy and stay healthy:
Winter is not the season to eat more. Although there are fewer foods that are in season in winter than in summer. Pomegranates, dark leafy greens and citrus can be the best food for winter season. Eating nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables can help keep one’s immune system strong. A snack before going out in the cold is better than a heavy meal.
• Avoid dehydration:
Not just in summers, you should avoid dehydration in winter season also. Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated. Dress properly: As the winter knocks at your door, wear outer clothing that shields the wind, smog, fog and sun from your skin. Cold and windy air causes a wind-chill effect that is more dangerous than the outside air temperature.
• Inquire about your medications:
Immunity is the season’s magic word. If your immune system isn’t up to the task, viruses can thrive indoors. Avoid cold weather illness. It’s essential to ward off the very real threat of colds, flu and other scary winter germs.
• Sleep Well:
Lack of sleep in any season can have a serious effect on your immune system. Especially in winter season, lack of sleep can make a person more vulnerable to flu and virals.
• Protect your children:
Children usually get sick in the early winters which makes it difficult to bear the whole season. Protect your children in the beginning of the season. Instruct the kids to come inside when they feel cold. Use appropriate clothes and layering’s that keep your child warm and keeps them away from health risks.
Story first published: 12th November 2017