It’s the time of year when people are getting sick. Cold, flu, sniffles – it may be all around you. Although you can try to recover from a cold or flu once you get it, it’s far better to take preventive measures to avoid getting sick in the first place.
Here are some tips to stay healthy through the cold and flu season at work.
Get a flu shot.
Everyone over six months old should get a flu shot every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu is not just a case of the blahs and the sniffles; it’s a potentially severe disease, especially for children, pregnant women, older adults, and those with specific health conditions.
Doctor’s offices and clinics start offering flu shots in the autumn. If your workplace provides flu shots, the best move is likely to get one there. If not, try your doctor, a clinic, or a large drugstore chain. Many of the latter offer walk-in appointments for flu shots starting in October or November.
Wash your hands often.
Cold and flu are spread through germs. It’s a good idea to wash your hands frequently, especially if you have been coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose a great deal or have been around people who have. Wash your hands before you eat as well.
Get enough sleep.
The cold and flu attack people who are run down. You’ll be more susceptible to getting sick if you are chronically tired and not getting enough sleep. It’s easy to get tired or skimp on sleep during this time of year; holiday celebrations and preparations, while festive and enjoyable, can also be time-consuming.
Try to get to bed at the same time each night. Too many late nights not only makes you tired the next day, but it can also adjust your body’s clock so that you’ll have more difficulty falling asleep at your regular time.
Eat healthily and exercise.
A nutritious and balanced diet makes you healthier in general, and plenty of fruits and vegetables should be in everyone’s arsenal. Fruits and vegetables can help you fight off colds!
Exercise also makes you more healthy. You’ll fight off colds and flu more quickly, but you’ll also be healthier in general if you make time for exercise. How much should you exercise? Aim for three times per week, of at least one hour each session.
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