As the temperatures drop you may think that getting sick is inevitable. But you can stay healthy as we transition from fall to winter if you incorporate a few simple strategies.
• Wash your hands. Want to not spread germs? Then wash your hands for 10 to 20 seconds before you eat and after, as well as after touching anything someone else has touched (like doorknobs or phones).
• Be kind to your immune system. A surefire way to stay healthier, no matter the season, is to make sure you are eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest and incorporating regular exercise.
• Drink your water. When you don’t drink enough water, your mucus membranes can become dehydrated, which makes them more susceptible to bacteria.
• Decrease your stress. You are more likely to catch a cold if you are emotionally overwhelmed. Look for ways to relax, whether it is taking a moment for some deep breathing or incorporating more exercise.
• Check your vitamin D. Vitamin D activates your immune system, so if you are low you may be more likely to become sick. You can get vitamin D from supplements, fortified foods and safe sun exposure.
• Add some light. If you find yourself struggling with depression, anxiety, irritability or fatigue during the darker winter months, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Be sure to enjoy time outdoors when the sun is out and otherwise incorporate light with standard CFL bulbs with a color temperature of 4100 Kelvin into your home to help. If you experience significant depression, talk to a doctor.
Colds and the flu do not have to be a part of fall and winter. You may not be able to do anything about the colder weather and shorter days, but there are things you can do to increase your chance of making it to spring without a case of the sniffles!
Christopher Stipp is the Director of Online Marketing for Massage Envy Spa. Connect with Christopher on Google+.