When the winter season rolls around, you are much more likely to catch a cold or flu. You are inside more and surrounded by a lot of people. Being sick does not just make you feel lousy; it’s also inconvenient. Having to take off a couple of days of work due to illness just makes you fall behind. That is why you have to do everything you can to avoid getting sick this winter.
Here are five ways to avoid getting sick in the winter.
Wash Your Hands Often
One of the best ways to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands often. Make sure to wash your hands after you use the bathroom and before you eat something. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and lukewarm water for at least 20 seconds. If you make a habit of washing your hands often, you are much less likely to catch the cold or flu.
Get a Flu Shot
It is a smart idea to get a flu shot every year. Getting this vaccine is especially important if you are pregnant, over the age of 65 or have a chronic health condition. The flu shot doesn’t cost much money and only takes a few seconds.
Don’t Cough Or Sneeze Into Your Hands
If you are like a lot of people, you probably cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Unfortunately, doing this will only put the germs on your hands, making you more vulnerable to catching the cold or flu. Instead, sneeze or cough into your arm. If you sneeze into your arm, you will not spread the germs to other people.
One of the easiest ways to avoid sickness is to exercise regularly. Exercising doesn’t just speed up your metabolism and boost your mood; it also improves your immune system. Don’t be afraid to walk or jog outside when it is cold. If you wear the appropriate clothes, the cold will not bother you while you are working out. There are also plenty of exercises you can do in your living room including lunges, squats, crunches and pushups.
Get Plenty of Rest
If you want to avoid getting sick, you have to get enough rest. When you don’t get the amount of sleep you need, your body doesn’t have a chance to recuperate, which will make your immune system weaker. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night.
If you follow these helpful tips, you are much less likely to get sick this winter and you might be able to avoid taking strong cough syrup. Try to stay away from friends and family members who are sick. If you have to be around someone who is sick, remember to wash your hands a lot.
Mandy is a stay-at-home mum with 2 children in primary school, in her past time she loves to garden, travel, cook and write blogs for other stay at home mums and anyone with similar interests.
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