Staying Healthy Through the Holidays
The holidays are upon us, and somehow we always manage to get sick right before the big day, requiring copious amounts of cold medicine to make it through awake and relatively functioning. It’s still early enough in the season to begin making small changes that can help protect you from sniffling and sneezing your way through that family dinner. Here are our top tips for limiting the spread of sickness and staying healthy yourself!
- Always cough into the crook of your arm to prevent spraying germs or getting them on your hands. And teach children to do the same.
- Don’t hug, kiss, or shake hands with someone who’s noticeably sick. This is one instance where it isn”t rude to avoid granny’s advances.
- Wash your hands regularly, especially when out and about. Germs are everywhere, and there are loads in spots where crowds gather, like the mall or your favorite restaurant. Always wash your hands at regular intervals, and especially before you eat. And do it properly: scrub with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds to effectively kill germs.
- Air out your house. Yes, it’s cold. However, just 15 minutes of fresh air a day helps to dilute the germs naturally in your home. Plus, it reduces that winter-time stuffiness that most try to avoid.
Most importantly, eat well. Fruits and vegetables at every meal will ensure you’re getting the vitamins and minerals you need to keep yourself healthy this holiday season.