Monsoons in India are magical!
The smell of the wet mud early in the morning and the sprinkle of the water droplets hitting your face is something that is really special for me and has always helped me find inner peace.
The cosy feelings that come with drinking ‘Garam chai’ during the rain and the ferocious thunders that can startle anyone are some of the perks of Monsoons in India.
Monsoons in India can be unpredictable too! It can go from “Oh, Wow!” to “Oh, No!” really soon.
But, the most common things during monsoons are the wholesome requests from our folks: “Don’t play in the rain!”, “Dry your damp hair with a towel.”, and the most iconic of all “Don’t eat street food!”
These phrases being as iconic as they are, come with a true sense of logic behind them. Rainy season can be tough for some people if they don’t take care of themselves properly. Cold, coughs, mild fevers, itchy skin, and mosquitoes are to be looked out for during this season and one can avoid that by just following some self-care.
We have noted a few Monsoon safety tips for you to be able to enjoy your rainy days with no obstacles in between.
5 Monsoon Safety Tips
Do Your Daily Exercise
Exercising is not just a way for you to get more fit or gain more muscles but it is an incredible way to boost your immunity. Due to exercise your heart works faster and helps improve the blood circulation throughout the body and your body releases serotonin (happy hormone) which creates a sense of happiness while also invigorating your immune system against infections and microbes. Skipping, cycling, strength training, HIIT, and Yoga are some amazing exercises that can keep you active.
Old is Gold
Try the good old ‘Nuskas’ that your parents and grandparents used to practice during rainy seasons. Most of the health problems which we face during the monsoon season can be easily treated using home remedies. Here are some of the ‘nuskas’ that I know of:
- For treating itchy skin, boil some Neem leaves in water and mix this with your bathing water. The antioxidants present in the neem leaves are beneficial in reducing any kind of redness on your skin.
- For treating a sore throat, have ginger tea mixed with some honey or gargle with a warm solution of saline water. (I prefer the Tea! A much simpler way!)
What to Eat
Monsoon is the ideal time for infections and microorganisms to grow. You will see that it is this season when viral fevers and infections spiral out of control. At such times spices like turmeric, ginger, and garlic need to be added to your diet to give a boost to your immunity. These spices contain compounds that help to fight against viral infections and help increase your recovery rate. In cases like diarrhoea or indigestion, consumption of ORS solution will help restore the electrolyte balance in your body. Be careful with vegetables and rinse them under hot water to get rid of any worms. The best way to build your resistance against infections and microorganisms would be to consume Vitamin C. This vitamin protects and keeps the cells of our body healthy.
It is very important to stay hydrated during the monsoons. Plenty of water is needed to get rid of the toxins in your body. Staying hydrated also regulates the oil production on your skin and keeps it soft and clean. Beverages like coffee, tea, and sodas will only increase dehydration and will eventually lead to inflammation. So instead, consume herbal teas like ginger tea, green tea, or chamomile tea that help soothe the gut and reduce inflammation in the body. But the most important reason to stay hydrated during monsoons is that during monsoon the sweat produced by our body is not able to evaporate easily and hence our body becomes unable to release heat efficiently.
Monsoon season means itchy and oily skin. So make sure you wash your face at least two-three times a day to wash off all the oil and dirt. This will help avoid further fungal infections.
A good monsoon skincare routine consists of:
Exfoliation helps remove dead skin and unclogs pores, further allowing for new skin cells to give you glowing skin. Some best options for exfoliators are coffee, tea bag, sugar, papaya, and yoghurt.
After you exfoliate well, cleansing the open pores will allow your skin to breathe. Some best options for cleansing are apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, honey-lemon, and rose water.
After you cleanse, the last step is moisturizing. Moisturising is important to keep your skin hydrated and soft. Some best options for natural moisturizers include cucumber, organic coconut oil, and olive oil. Moisturizers help keep your skin nice and soft and reduce the amassing of oil.
You are all ready to do some self-care this monsoon! But if you still need help with exercising, you can Book a session with our best personal trainers and continue your monsoon self-care!
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