With the flu outbreak occurring right now, as well as winter being the season of illnesses, you want to do everything to prevent yourself from getting sick (that includes contemplating buying those face masks). I'm going back to apartment living in a week (and being on a campus with 5,000 other students), so I compiled a list of ways of how I'm preventing myself from getting sick. 1. Sanitizing hands, constantly.
Bacteria lasts on objects for hours. Think about how much we touch throughout the day, and how often we put our hands to our faces. This goes back to the basics, wash your hands before a meal and use hand sanitizer after a meeting or sharing an object, such as a keyboard or pencil.2. Up the Vitamin C.
Drink more orange juice or get Vitamin C tablets. Although research does not prove that Vitamin C prevents us from getting the cold, people with higher Vitamin C intakes have shorter colds and milder symptoms.3. Clean!
Vacuum the floors, dust the furniture and bleach the bathroom. Bacteria and germs can build up in these places... you should feel safe in your own home!4. Exercise and eat healthy.
Those who take good care of their bodies tend to have a better immune system. But if you do get sick, don't forget to take a couple of days off. Although fitness enthusiasts have better immune systems, when they continue to work out while they're sick they have a slower recovery time.5. Get sleep.
This may be easier said than done for some people (including myself). Most healthy adults need between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Sleep deprivation reduces immunity; therefore, more colds and infections. Your body (and mind) needs time to rest and recover after all that it's put through on a daily basis. You don't want to be feeling run down.
Good luck avoiding the flu and cold this season!What are some of your tips for staying healthy?