Winter: the clouds are gray, the temperature is at the freezing mark, the snow is blowing and there isn’t a sign of spring to come. Winter, also the season of sickness.
This is most likely one of the worst times to be around your fellow man. People are coughing and sneezing without covering their mouths, bacteria is being transmitted from one person to the next and everyone looks like a zombie.
Winter is quite synonymous with the cold and flu. The common belief is that we get sick from the cold therefore we must stay inside, but the opposite is true. Being indoors for an extended period of time with others is a motivating factor to attracting the cold and flu. The misnomer derives from attracting a cold and the winter season being at the same time of the year.
Getting a cold is one of the worst experiences a human can face. Suffering from a cold leads to a terrible sore throat, insatiable fatigue, constant sneezing and blowing your nose and the feeling of being cold.
Fortunately, there are ways of avoiding it this holiday season. Most of these are common sense methods, but as Francois Voltaire said, “Common sense is not so common.”
This is pretty common. You go to the washroom, you conduct your business, you flush and then you proceed to wash your hands under hot water with soap. Unfortunately, the number of people that do not do this basic task is unbelievable.
Not washing your hands is definitely a strong factor in attracting a cold. Better yet, encourage your neighbors of doing the same if they are not doing so.
Rules of thumb: turn tap to hot water, rub your hands with soap and then rinse. Walk over to the paper towel dispenser rip a sheet and turn off the tap with the paper towel. If you would like, rub your hands with hand sanitizer – this is the cherry on top.
If you feel the need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with your elbow and not your hand. By utilizing your hand to cough or sneeze, you will be spreading your germs to others, which isn’t pleasant.
Wash Hands, the Sequel
If you work in an office, you tend to shake a lot of hands, unfortunately. You may not know if that person just sneezed into their hand or if they don’t wash their hands regularly. Be safe and cautious, immediately after shaking someone’s hand, wash yours.
Being cooped up indoors is generally an excuse to eat unhealthy. We tell ourselves that we’ll eat right in the spring and summer. But if you want to avoid the cold and flu, eat right. Consume plenty of vegetables, drink plenty of water and decline the chips, cookies, cakes, coffees, doughnuts and other high in sodium and high in fat foods.
Yes, it is freezing outside and you want to stay indoors under the covers. Exercising, though, is important to avoiding the flu. You do not need to undergo rigorous exercise, a one-hour walk outside will do.
We are a 24-hour species and we are all connected at all hours of the day. Getting enough sleep is important, whether it be steering clear of a cold or maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Leonardo DaVinci did say that sleep was a waste of time, but you are not a DaVinci. Get between eight and 10 hours of sleep each night.
Following some of these tips will help you to remain healthy for the next four to five months.