February is, on average, one of the two coldest month of the year, with February 17 the coldest day (based on averages over the past 130 years). And February is also Raynaud's Awareness Month.
If January isn’t exactly your favourite time of year, you’re not alone. After the excitement of all those festive season activities, January can take its toll on many people’s emotional health, with the third Monday in January often acknowledged as the most depressing day of the year.
When dinner has been served, eaten and digested on Christmas Day, there’s a good chance you’ll have plenty of leftovers. Indeed, according to the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, every year in the UK 86 million Christmas turkeys and chickens are thrown away uneaten.
If you stuffed yourself silly and drank your drinks cupboard dry this Christmas, you probably had a very merry time indeed. But now the festivities are over you’ve been left with a thumping headache, a sore tummy or the feeling you’ve been completely drained of energy – or possibly all three.
Christmas can put stress on your stomach, not just because of the amount of food you eat but also because turkey – which many people only eat at this time of year – can give you a nasty dose of food poisoning if you don’t defrost and cook it properly.
When you think of Christmas, do you imagine having fun and catching up with friends and family? Or do you dread the financial pressures, the constant rushing around to make everything perfect on the big day and the nausea, indigestion and heartburn that come with eating and drinking too much festive food?
The colder it gets, the less likely we are to venture outdoors. But while staying cooped up may help keep us warm, there are numerous health benefits of taking a bracing winter walk. So this year, why not take advantage of the Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks?