How to Maintain Your Wellbeing in a New Climate

29/11/2019

Are you thinking of swapping your snow boots for sandals for a quick beach break? Or maybe picking up your ski gear and leaving your swimwear behind for the entire winter season? Either way, a change in weather can often be the reason for travelling somewhere new and it is always helpful to know what effect this change can have on your body. 

We recently left behind the gorgeous Australian summer and flew to Portugal, where winter is settling nicely. And yes, after 2 weeks of loving the cold weather, Noah fell sick and so Finn and I. In fact, we are still recovering from it – after 6 days inside our place!

I even got mad, because there are a few top tips to help maintain your wellbeing through a change in the climate, that we knew it.

Here is a list of some useful tips to survive the change in climate:

Going from Cold to Hot

Hydration is key

Staying hydrated is important in all climates but when travelling to a country that is vastly hotter than you are used to, hydration becomes even more vital. You will be losing more water than normal through sweat, so you need to keep yourself topped up. Carrying a reusable water bottle in your daypack is a good way to remind yourself to drink water. 

Beware of air-conditioning

Though it may seem bizarre to mention air-conditioning on a list of top travel tips, it is actually a subject often discussed by travellers who have moved away from cold countries to warmer ones. If you are not used to having to an air-conditioner in your home, moving to a country where it is in every accommodation, workplace, and shop can be a bit of a shock to your body. It can dry out your skin and cause headaches in those not used to it. Make sure to take breaks from aircon when you can – perhaps opt for a fan in your room instead – stay moisturised and don’t set the temperature to shivering point.

stay healthy while you travel

Spots everywhere

Most of us thought that our years of teenage spots had been left behind us; however, travelling seems to bring them all flooding back. A build-up of sun cream and sweat can often cause spots to break out. There are no easy solutions to spots, as your teenage self will remember, but everyday cleansing is the easiest form of prevention. 

Going from Hot to Cold

Hydration is key

As I mentioned at the top of these tips, staying hydrated is important in all climates, keep drinking water! If it is too chilly for a cold drink, try hot water with lemon and ginger or make your own mint tea. It doesn’t matter how it comes so long as you are drinking water.

SAD

SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder which is a form of depression usually occurring during the colder months of the year. Approximately 1 in 3 people are affected by SAD and it is four times more common in women than men. The scientific cause of SAD is unknown, but it is thought to be linked to a hormone in the body called melatonin and a lack of sunlight. Treatment for SAD includes vitamin D supplements which can be hard to come by when you are travelling, luckily you can find them online. Australian chemist Pharmacy Online sells a number of vitamin D supplements and they ship all over the world.

Scaly skin

Cold weather can dry your skin out, fast! Keep your skin moisturised daily and always have lip balm on hand. The skin on your lips can chap so easily in cold weather and can be really painful if it starts to crack.

Keep these ideas in mind when you are travelling somewhere with a different climate and remember the best way to maintain your wellbeing is to: be prepared, do your research and pack a good first aid kit!



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