So far this year, I’ve had strep throat twice and a wicked cold in between.
That’s not a great way to kick off the winter holidays.
Sometimes, you can’t help catching a virus, but there are everyday ways you can help keep yourself healthy and better your odds of not getting sick.
First of all, if you ARE sick, limit your exposure to healthy people. Don’t go to work. I repeat, do not go to work. Chances are that you can stay home until you’re not contagious. Don’t cough your way through the grocery store, the library, your kids’ school, church or any place else where large groups of people congregate.
Now that we’ve made that point, wash your hands frequently and often. Wash them in the warmest water you can stand with soap, and dry them with a paper towel or air blower. Avoid touching common areas that might breed germs, and know that it’s perfectly acceptable to decline a handshake at a business meeting when the other person has just sneezed or coughed into their hand.
Use hand sanitizer. Carry it with you.
If you’ve been sick or someone you know has been sick, use disinfectant wipes or sprays on areas they’ve touched. Keep them handy.
Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated keeps your body functioning properly and helps to ward off colds and viruses.
Get plenty of sleep. Exhaustion leaves you susceptible to illness.
Eat foods dense with nutrients and vitamins like brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Avoid alcohol or sugary foods and drinks.
Now, back to the first point. Stay home if you are sick, and don’t spread germs!