The long, hot days of summer are finally over! Even the days of fall have come and gone. For some, winter can be a favorite season. But for others, it’s a time of year that generates more sick days. In fact, the end of the fall and beginning of winter brings with it the height of the cold and flu season.
Take these tips into consideration so that you can get the most out of the winter months without getting sick:
- Keep Moving - Exercise is a great way to maintain good health all season. The stronger your body is, the more easily it can handle foreign invaders like germs.
- Accentuate the Positive - Stress can increase the risk of a cold or flu, because stress lowers your immune system. So during the cold season, it’s imperative to think and act more positively. Get into the holiday spirit to keep your body strong!
- Clean Hands - Every time you go out into public, you put yourself at risk of contracting illness through passed germs. Coughing, sneezing, and hand contact are the three most common routes of transmission during the cold season. Reduce your chance of illness by washing your hands thoroughly after riding public transit, going shopping, or simply going to work or the gym.
- Hydrate - The human body requires a great deal of water, and that doesn’t change in the winter. It’s a common misconception that if you aren’t hot and sweating, your body doesn’t need as much water. In actuality, your body works hard over the winter to keep you warm and active! Drink up.
- Disinfect - If germs that exist in the outside world attach to you, they enter your home with you, too. Make it a habit to disinfect your surfaces (particularly eating surfaces), light switches, faucets, etc. at least once each week. Also consider doing so after guests visit.
- Vitamins - Many B vitamins are needed for a healthy nervous system. Vitamin E supports blood circulation, which helps your body stay warm and comfortable. And there are a variety of other vitamins with equally important jobs that keep your body in balance. Taking a multivitamin can ensure that your body is receiving all that it needs, especially if you are on a restricted diet.
- Skin Health - Believe it or not, your skin can be a potential source for sickness. It’s not simply because you can pick up germs through physical contact. As the winter cold sets in, your skin can become dry and chapped. These skin conditions can be a source of infection or simply require your body to fight multiple battles at once. So keep a non-alcoholic lotion on hand.
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