Editor's note: This article was written by a Townsquare Media Northern New England contributor and may contain the individual's views, opinions or personal experiences.

Single digits to the 40s, then the teens, then 30s, then single digits all in a matter of days or weeks is a trend in 2022. Snow, rain, sleet, ice is another part of that trend.  Whoa Mother Nature, slow down.

And the psycho winds and sometimes chills that go along with this crazy weather are kind of annoying, too.

I'm not sure what we did to upset Mother Nature. No matter the reason, staying healthy in the winter is tough enough as we battle COVID-19 variants during cold and flu season. And of course, dealing with complaining co-workers and crying children doesn't help either, as germs spread easily indoors where we tend to stay much of the winter.

I actually feel sorry for our pets who play therapist to us so much more this time of year.

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Even though the temperature fluctuation itself isn't enough to make us sick, it does lower our immune system so when that cold virus is swimming around our workplace or family, it's easier to get it combined with dry weather, according to Healthline.

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So what should we do?  Although Healthline can't help us with our relationship issues or gossipy neighbors, it can try and keep our immune systems as strong as possible.  Here's what they suggest:

1) Wear several lighter layers so when going from indoors to outdoors frequently you can adjust accordingly, the Heathline article mentions. This way, your body temp won't fluctuate the way Mother Nature is right now.

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2) This should be a given living in New England, but waterproof boots are a necessity, according to Healthline. I mean, this is LL Bean and Timberland country, so we can look so stylish at the same time, too.

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3) Stay inside, order contact-free delivery, and binge-watch television, according to Healthline.

Ok, I'm kind of playing the expert on this one. But in reality, during extreme drops in temps, it's best to try and stay inside so your body isn't exposed from hot to cold too much.  You also lower your chance of exposure to others.

And aren't we experts on social distancing at this point?

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PS: Wash your hands again and again.  Thanks for listening to my Ted Talk.

What tips do you have? What do you do to stay healthy during the winter months?

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