It never fails. Just a few weeks into the cold and flu season you are struck down, generally right before a holiday, a trip or an extremely busy time at work. And usually, it’s your workplace that’s to blame.
If everyone could just stay in their respective bubbles, this wouldn’t have to happen, but that’s just not going to be the case. Schools and workplaces are usually the hardest hit, and it sometimes seems as though there’s no avoiding that exposure to illness. And there really isn’t. Short of staying home and not letting anyone in or outside the house, that is.
The reality is you will be exposed to a virus of some sort during the season. Whether it’s the cold or the flu, something will find it’s way into your system. The key is not just trying to avoid illness at all costs, but also to have a strong enough immune system that you are able to fight illness off.
Here are seven tips to keep you healthy and strong all season long.
1. Don’t Skimp On Sleep
This is probably one of the best things you can do to keep yourself healthy during the cold and flu season. Sleep deprivation lowers your immune system and increases your chance of getting sick.
2. Wash Hands Frequently
This almost goes without saying, but it’s a basic one. The workplace is a hotbed of germs. Telephones, elevators, keyboards, close quarters and ventilation systems are all potential threats.
3. Don’t Touch Your Eyes Or Nose
If you touch a surface and then touch your eyes or nose, you could be introducing a virus into your body.
4. Ramp Up Nutrition
Aside from sleep, nutrition is your other major line of defense when it comes to keeping your immune system healthy and strong.
5. Get Some Fresh Air
You no doubt grew up thinking that staying cooped up indoors was the key to staying free of illness, but this isn’t true. It’s important to get outside and get some fresh air. In fact, indoor air quality is a major culprit when it comes to spreading illness.
6. Get Some Exercise
A brisk walk, an exercise class at the gym or a skating session are good ways to get some immune-boosting physical activity.
7. Keep Surfaces Clean
While you’re at work, keep some disinfecting wipes handy to clean off doorknobs, desks, the computer mouse, etc.
These tips can help you stay healthy, productive and happy this winter season.