At this time of year, shortly after autumn but ahead of Christmas, I always feel the same - a little flat and a little run down.

This year, I’ve made a conscious effort to keep healthy during the winter months, whether that be drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated or stocking up on vitamins to beat the nasty cold and flu bugs.

Here are my top tips for staying healthy this winter.

Stock Up

At the beginning of the season I try to make sure that I have everything needed in our medicine cabinet, whether that be cold and flu tablets, menthol ointment or supplements.

If you’re in Aberdeen, pharmacy Charles Michies offers a great selection of products and advice, including a travel clinic where vaccinations, including the flu vaccine, can be given.

Head Outdoors

On darker, colder days it’s very tempting to stay indoors. But, wrapping up warm with a hat, gloves and scarf and heading outside can instantly make you feel better. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a walk in the crisp winter weather.

Drink Up

When the heating is on constantly it can be very easy to become dehydrated. Not one for remembering to fill up my water glass, I try to carry around a flask which will last me a few hours and remind me to drink up. Cold water or hot tea is great throughout the day and after trying to drink more for a couple of months now I’ve noticed a big difference in my skin and how I generally feel.

Sleep Tight

Often when it’s cold I struggle to sleep. I’ve started sleeping with an eye mask, cosy bed socks and hot water bottle which has made the world of difference. I try to keep the radiators at a low temperature in my bedroom so that I’m not blasted by central heating and instead wrap up in bed.

Eat Well

Christmas is most certainly the time to indulge but I try to balance that with some good healthy and hearty meals. Simple soup recipes are great for a filling lunch that is packed with great ingredients and vitamins. My carrot, ginger and turmeric soup is a personal favourite.

Let me know your top tips for staying healthy during winter.