I hate getting sick, and I’m sure you do too. So I’ve put together some tips that will hopefully help keep you from getting sick this winter. Some of them I’m sure you’ve heard before, but it doesn’t hurt to reiterate them.
1. WASH YOUR HANDS. Over and over and over. Wash your hands at work, school, shopping, at home. There are people out there who don’t wash their hands (eww) and then they touch doors, handles, tables, chairs, staplers. They spread their germs on everything. And then you go and touch those same things and now have their germs.
Which brings me to:
2. Keep your hands away from your face and mouth. Those germs that you just picked up from that stranger are now on your hands, and if you put your hands near your face, like say if you go to chew on your nails, you’ve just made it that much easier for those germs to get inside your body and make you sick.
3. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamins. Vitamins C & D are your best friends. Vitamin C helps fight off colds, and vitamin D (aka. the sun) helps your body absorb vitamin C. You don’t get as much sun in the winter like you would in the summer, so you probably aren’t getting enough vitamin D. If you happen to live in a place that doesn’t get too cold, and still gets lots of sun, then you are probably ok. But for those of you who hibernate during the winter, you want to take a supplement to help make sure you’re getting enough D. You also want to make sure that you’re eating lots of fruits and veggies. If you give your body the tools it needs to stay healthy, then you’ll be able to fight off those germs you come in contact with everyday.
Take advantage of those sunny days. If you get one of those rare sunny days, take advantage of it! Eat your lunch outside, take a quick 10min walk, or read a book by a window.
4. Exercise. I know it’s tempting to hibernate in front of the tv on those cold, dark winter days, but make yourself exercise. Even if it’s just 30min a day, you’ll feel better, have more energy, and your body will be strong and able to fight off germs. BONUS: you’ll be swimsuit ready that much quicker once summer comes.
5. Sleep. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Try to get at least 6hrs a night. If you don’t give your body time to recharge, then you won’t have the energy to fight off a cold.