Cold and flu season is upon us, and while there’s no better preventative measure than getting a flu vaccine, there are lots of ways to stay healthy and keep any illnesses as brief and mild as possible.
1. Wash your hands
Washing your hands will help get rid of germs you may have picked up from your surroundings. Germs are often present on doorknobs, phones, and of course, other people’s hands (so handshakes can come with an unexpected germ transfer). If you don’t want to have to get up to wash your hands, consider keeping hand sanitizer around your desk or in various places in your home.
2. Avoid touching your face
Many of us touch our faces without even really thinking about what we’re doing. However, the eyes, nose, and mouth are all common places that germs can enter our bodies. Try not to touch your eyes, bite your nails, or rest your chin in your hand. This will keep any germs on your hands away from these entry points.
3. Eat right
Proper nutrition has never been more important! Your body needs all the nutrients it can get to help fight off the common cold and the flu. Vitamin C and various dairy products have been found to help boost the immune system. If you’re not a big orange juice drinker, try taking a Vitamin C supplement.
4. Get your heart rate up
Aerobic exercise gets your blood pumping, which in turn helps your body fight off viruses. If you’re not currently a regular exerciser, try incorporating some low-impact aerobics into your routine such as walking, jogging, riding a bike, or taking an exercise class.
5. Sneeze like a vampire
This goes for coughing as well. Don’t sneeze or cough into your hands, as this will only spread germs. Instead, sneeze and cough into the crook of your arm. As a bonus to this healthy habit, you’ll look like a vampire bringing its cape around in front of its face, hence the name.
6. Get a good night’s rest
Lack of sleep does more than just leave you tired and cranky in the morning. It can also compromise your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to cold and flu viruses.