The winters of 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 could be particularly frigid, according to some reports. (Here is one I was looking at: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/combination-of-factors-could-m/36990).
This is also the time of year when many mothers, especially homeschooling mothers, find themselves in the throws of trying to homeschool, bake, cook, craft, make gifts, visit family and travel…and essentially overextend themselves and get sick on top of all the holiday bustle! Many homeschooling mothers I know seem to have long-term health issues that affect their immune systems, which really doesn’t help as well!
One of the first things that I find helpful is to make sure warmth becomes a priority. I love Green Mountain Organics, and I notice they are having a 10 percent off sale on all their warm woolens. http://www.facebook.com/notes/green-mountain-organics/winter-woolen-sale/166623896683512. If you are unfamiliar with the importance of warmth, this back post may be helpful to you: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/12/06/warmth-strength-and-freedom-by-mary-kelly-sutton/
Rest is another huge priority; and I think rest extends even past going to bed every night at a decent hour. I think it also requires an overall look at the entire season, and really simplifying the holidays as much as possible. Not overscheduling during the holidays leads to an unhurried and restful state, which in turn leads to better immune functioning and a happier mommy and family.
I find taking elderberry syrup, a European tradition during the winter months, can also be helpful for some. Here is an article regarding the benefits of elderberry: http://www.livestrong.com/article/131773-what-are-benefits-elderberry-syrup/. Many mothers believe in extra probiotics, vitamin D and bone broths during the winter months as well.
I think understanding the importance and role of fever is important to know. Here is an article regarding childhood fever and its importance: http://www.anthromed.org/Article.aspx?artpk=754. A wonderful chiropractic dad in my homeschooling group wrote this article about fever that I thought was good: http://www.draaronrossi.blogspot.com/search/label/Fever. You may consider having a kit of natural things to do for fevers and illnesses put together and available. This could include whatever you deem comforting and helpful, gathered in one place.
Please share the things you find that fortify you the most during the cold winter months and sometimes hectic holiday seasons. Wishes for best health in these coming months!