Protect your family with these healthy habits
The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner. Unfortunately, it’s also peak cold and flu season which can make this time of year much less wonderful.
Winter is the season of unplanned absences, keeping our children home from school and us away from work. While it may be difficult to avoid a runny nose or sore throat altogether, there are some ways you can fight off germs and cut down on the number of sick days.
We can protect ourselves and our families with a few healthy habits that are even more important when fighting off a cold or flu.
Hydration is important for staying healthy because each part of your body needs water in order to work properly. This includes your immune system, so drink plenty of fluids to give your body what it needs so it can work properly and protect you from getting sick.
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Like water, your body also relies on sleep to stay healthy. Not getting enough sleep can weaken your immune system and may change how quickly it can respond to the virus that causes the common cold. The amount of sleep you should get varies for children, but adults should plan for at least seven to eight hours a day. To find out how many hours your little ones should be sleeping, check out this website.
Hygiene is incredibly important in preventing illness. Regularly washing your hands “is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.” Be aware of the high traffic areas and objects you touch everyday like doorknobs and handles where many germs can live. Be sure to wash your hands after touching these surfaces and disinfect these areas and objects often to keep everyone around you well.
Keep your distance
Another hygiene tip for cold and flu season is to keep your distance from anyone who may be sick. While certain precautions can be taken to keep from spreading germs like covering coughs and washing your hands, the best way to stop germs from passing between people is to stay away from people while they are sick.
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While you can’t necessarily get sick from being cold, the cold weather can make you more vulnerable to catching a cold or even worsen your symptoms. As the weather gets colder, you can better protect yourself from a cycle of sickness by bundling up in a coat, scarf and hat.
Get your flu shot
While there isn’t a shot to keep you from the common cold or the case of the sniffles, there is one to protect yourself from the flu. Getting a flu shot annually protects you from each year’s flu strains and viruses and it is recommended for optimal protection from the flu.
This time of year doesn’t have to be defined by this year’s case of the cold or flu. Protect yourself and your family using these tips to help keep you all healthier for the holidays.
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