Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s the holidays, I don’t have time to get sick.” Of course, you don’t have time to get sick during the holidays. There’s too much fun to be had and too many things to do. It might seem that everyone around you is sick—at work, at the mall, at school. How do you avoid catching something?
Here are our top five ways:
- First and foremost, and you’ve heard it many times before, wash your hands. You can’t be too careful. Wash them after using the restroom or being in public areas like subways, airports and train stations. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water. Hand sanitizer will do in a pinch if there’s no sink in sight. Spread joy, not germs!
- Get your flu shot. It’s really important. This is the best way to stop the spread of the influenza virus this holiday season. It’s especially important if you are elderly or have a compromised immune system. You might also talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the pneumonia vaccine.
- With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you might get busy and skimp on safe food preparation. Be sure to take the proper precautions and spend the time you need. Make sure you don’t handle raw meats and veggies and fruits on the same surfaces; this could contaminate food and lead to food poisoning. Be sure to wash all vegetables and fruits before you eat them and make sure you properly refrigerate leftover meals.
- Try to stay active. It’s easy to stay cozy inside and be a couch potato watching 24/7 holiday movies. You may not have time for your usual exercise routine, but do as much as you can. Just keep moving. The exercise will boost your mood if you’re feeling blah, too.
- Stress always increases during the holiday season. Over time, prolonged stress can greatly impact your immune system and you’ll be much more susceptible to illness. Unwind and find ways to remove yourself from stressful holiday situations. Your body will thank you, and you’ll stay well.
Try these top five tips this holiday season. Have a happy and healthy holiday.