The winter months are upon us, and with them, they bring cold and flu season. It seems like everyone gets sick this time of year and it’s impossible to avoid. However, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of remaining healthy this season. Here are five easy, health-promoting tips:
Get Your Flu Shot
No one likes getting shots, but a quick shot is nothing compared to the flu. The flu changes and evolves every year, so it’s important to get a flu shot every year. While there is some controversy around vaccinations, it’s been proven that the flu shot is one of the best things you can do to reduce your chance of getting the flu. Keep you and your family safe this flu season and get vaccinated.
Wash Your Hands
It’s hard to avoid germs when we’re out and about all day long. Germs come from the seat on the bus, the fridge handle at work, the pin pad at the grocery store, and more places you can’t avoid touching. You’re bound to pick up some germs on your hands; it’s unavoidable. However, we can avoid spreading those germs and getting sick from them. The best to do this is to wash your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and warm water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds for maximum effectiveness.
Exercise And Eat Well
Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Exercising and eating well is a great way to boost your immune system which will make you less likely to get sick. Of course, proper nutrition and exercising come with other benefits as well, so it’s a win-win situation here! Do not exercise while you are sick, especially if you feel light-headed or have trouble breathing properly, but do make sure to eat healthily and drink lots of fluid while ill to help you recover faster.
Wash Your Hands Again
We know we said it before, but washing your hands is free and easy! Wash your hands before you eat, before you prepare food, before you touch your face, before you do your makeup, and after you’ve been in a public place where others may have spread their germs. If your hands get dried out from all of the hand washing, invest in some lotion but keep doing it!
Clean Your House
You have germs hiding in your house on the surfaces you use every day, like your countertops, light switches, carpets, furniture, doorknobs, and more. Take a day and notice all of the things that you touch the most, like your light switches. At the end of the day, wipe everything you touched a lot off with a disinfecting rag. Consider calling a professional carpet cleaner to remove germs from your carpets and your upholstery. Chem-Dry can even remove 89% of bacteria in the air of your home when we use our sanitizer. That’s a lot fewer germs in your home to worry about.
While there are no guarantees, these tips should help keep you and your family healthier this flu season!