Winter is right around the corner, which means it’s that time of the year where shorter days wreak havoc on your mood, your skin feels dry and itchy, and the colder temperatures make you want to hibernate. Fortunately, you don’t have to fall victim to winter’s negative side effects on your well-being. Here are a few ways you can boost your health and overall wellness this chilly season.

Watch your sugar intake

Between Halloween and New Year’s, we’re eating a lot of comfort food. While there’s no harm in enjoying a slice of pie and some turkey, it’s important to watch your sugar intake for the sake of your dental health. Up to 51 million school hours are lost every year due to dental-related illness, and employees lost 7.65% of their total working days due to sick leave. Sugary foods feed the cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth, putting you at greater risk of cavities, gingivitis, and other dental-related illness. That said, be mindful of your sugar intake and be sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day to prevent plaque from turning into tartar.

Enjoy your antioxidants

Foods that are high in antioxidants are great for your health and can even reduce the risk of medical conditions like heart disease. This is because antioxidants get rid of your body’s free radicals, which are by-products of your body’s natural biochemical reactions. Some pharmacy-brand creams lose up to 50% of their antioxidant capability at just six months, so be sure to get your antioxidants right from the source: food. Dark chocolate, pecans, blueberries, strawberries, artichokes, raspberries, and kale are all great sources of antioxidants.

Avoid the long shower

It can be tempting to stay in a hot shower during the cold winter months. Unfortunately, those long, hot showers can actually dry out your skin even more. Try to keep your showers short to prevent doing damage to your skin this season. Or, if long showers aren’t up for debate, at least try to keep from frying your skin. Stick to warmer temperatures if you can.

Get a humidifier

One of the reasons why your skin and hair get so dry during the winter months is because of the season’s low humidity. The air pulls moisture from your body, leaving you feeling dry and itchy. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to get moisture back into your skin and your hair only needs to be a quarter of an inch long to get a smooth finish. All you need to do is plug in a humidifier to rehydrate the air. Make sure that you’re drinking enough water, too, to hydrate your body from the inside out.

Take up an indoor fitness routine

During the winter season, it can be tricky to stay fit. The ice and snow can keep you from your regular jogging routine, and no one wants to put on layers of sweatshirts and jackets only to take them off again at the gym. To help stay fit this season, consider developing an indoor fitness routine in your own home that you can love. Pilates, yoga, and dance are great indoor alternatives during the chilly season.

It can be challenging to stay healthy during the coldest time of the year. But by following the tips above, you can take better care of yourself even when the weather feels like it’s doing a number on you.