We are a few weeks into winter and that can only mean one thing; no, not the holidays, we’re unfortunately speaking winter illnesses. If you’re not careful you may find yourself on the receiving end of an unwanted “gift.”
Of course, there are things you can do to protect yourself this winter to ensure that nothing stands in your way this holiday season. These tips are good ones to adopt throughout the year but even more so in winter.
Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
The easiest way to not get infected is to limit your exposure to disease. It may seem a bit callous but two sick people are not better than one.
Don’t share food or drink with anyone.
As with the previous tip, the name of the game is limiting your exposure to viruses and bacteria.
Get plenty of sleep.
Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
Eat a well balanced diet.
A balanced diet should include foods rich in carbohydrates and low in salts and sugar, as well as fruits and vegetables, fish, and plenty of fluids.
Take vitamin D.
With overcast skies and grey days, it’s easy to become a bit lethargic in the absence of sunlight. Vitamin D will help give you the extra boost you may be lacking in the sun’s absence.
Stay active and exercise.
It’s amazing what a little exercise will do, especially if you’re trying to work off an abundant holiday feast or two. Get your moving a little bit every day.
Get your shots.
Make sure you are up to date with your flu shots! University of Oregon often offers special days to get your flu shot. If you’ve missed it then your local doctor will be happy to provide one.
Wash your hands
Remember throughout the day with soap and hot water. If you are away from a sink then hand sanitizer will do.
If despite all these tips you find yourself feeling sick, be sure to stay home! There’s no need to pass your disease along to others. If your symptoms worsen be sure to consult with your doctor! There’s no need to spend the holiday season stuck in bed, after all!