Whether you work in an office with a lot of people, have small children or just like to go out to mall every once in a while, you are likely to come into contact with germs. While it seems like there is no way to avoid getting sick, there are certain things that you can do to make it a lot less likely to happen. Here are some tips for staying healthy during the cold weather seasons.
- Get the flu shot. This is the number one step in prevention.
- Avoid sick people. Be especially weary of shaking hands. Even though it may come off to some as if you are being rude, providing a simple explanation should serve to prevent any misunderstandings.
- Keep your surroundings clean. If you own your own business, you have the ultimate say in how clean you need to keep your office. Start off the day by cleaning your work space with virus and germ killing soaps. Sanitizing doors and light switches can be effective ways to reduce germs. Think of what could possibly be contaminated and make sure it is clean. You can also discourage sick co-workers and clients from coming in if they are not feeling well.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you are healthy to begin with, you will be less susceptible to catching sicknesses and better able to get over them if you do. Get plenty of sleep, consume a healthy diet. If your upper respiratory system is inflamed it is easier to catch a virus so avoid smoking and keep your allergies under control.
- Wash your hands often. Do not underestimate the power of washing your hands when thinking about the war on germs. Wash them as often as you can stand to do so and scrub hard for twenty seconds or more. A good way to make sure you have washed your hands adequately is by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice through while scrubbing the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails. It doesn’t matter if the water is hot or cold; the scrubbing should do the trick.
- Use alcohol based hand sanitizer. This makes a great substitute for plain old soap and water.
- Stay hydrated. Increasing water intake can help decrease your chances of coming down with a cold or the flu. If you are feeling badly, water can also help prevent dehydration caused by fever, loosen mucus and keep your throat moist. Warm water is preferable and, there is even some evidence that inhaling steam in the early stages of a cold or flu can reduce the spread of viruses in the upper respiratory tract.
- Listen to your body. If you do feel like you are coming down with something, don’t overdo it, and go get an immunity juice from Drought. It’s important not to strain yourself and allow your body to heal. Also, be sure to seek medical attention if your symptoms seem to persisting or are getting significantly worse after three days.
Many of us lead busy lives so it is easy to be neglectful of our health at times. However, getting sick is no fun at all, and it can also cause you days of being productive. Do your best to work these health precautions into your every day life and look forward to spending the rest of your winter doing the things you love to do.
Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit