Happy Fall! It’s almost that time where the weather gets cooler and the germs start spreading like wildfire. Time to think about staying healthy.
It’s only a matter of time until you catch that bug that has been spreading around the office.
But luckily, whether or not you get sick does not have to be left completely up to chance. There are some things you can do to help keep you from suffering the same snotty fate as your co-workers.
Remember, you can never be 100 percent in the clear.
Instead of accepting that you’ll just become sick and miserable, here are seven keys to staying healthy while everyone around you is getting sick.
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1. Wash hands
Washing your hands is the best way to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevents you from spreading germs to others.
You want to make sure that you are killing off any of those nasty sick germs before they make their way to your mucous membranes.
Remember, if you can’t get up to wash your hands easily throughout the day, make sure to have some hand sanitizer on deck to combat against cold and flu germs.
2. Avoid touching your face
Specifically, your eye and nose where your mucous membranes dwell. These areas give easy access to the germs to set up shop in your body.
Avoid the temptation to touch your face and wash your hands often to make it harder for the germs to find an entry point.
Not touching your face = Staying healthy
3. Sleep more
Don’t mind if I do! Sleep gives your body the best chance of fighting off any bad germs it comes in contact with. Sleep promotes a healthy immune system.
Recently, I’ve been using my CBD vape to get to sleep better at night. Two puffs of my pen before I get into bed and my body and mind feel at ease. When I wake up in the middle of the night, I tend to take one puff of my pen to help me get back to sleep.
I am a strong advocate for cleaning and decluttering, even though I don’t always practice it in my own life.
When it comes to cleaning around flu and cold season, you can catch me with a permanent bottle of Lysol in my hand all season long.
Wipe down your work surface and the doorknobs around your house. Make sure you disinfect any glasses or cups that you use at home. Reduce your chances of getting exposed.
I recommend that you wipe down your workspace twice a day in the middle of flu season.
I like to clean the house every weekend. This includes the bathrooms, washing bedsheets, and especially doorknobs.
I also recommend burning sage as it removes 94% of bacteria in the air! White prairie sage is preferred for this because of its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
5. Avoid sharing
Electronics, pens, cups are all breeding grounds for germs. Make it a policy to be a little stingy with your sharing during this time of year.
If you must share, use an alcohol-free, biodegradable disinfecting wipe (like these from Seventh Generation) to keep things germ free!
Phones are the number 1 breeding grounds for nasty germs.
Scientists at the University of Arizona have found that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats! Wiping your phone off with a wipe is not enough either! I recommend getting a UV light phone cleanser.
6. Exercise regularly
Working out regularly improves overall health, including the health of your immune system.
Exercise improves circulation and therefore, helps the immune system’s cells and substances do their jobs more efficiently throughout the body.
If you’re stuck on how to get active use these useful tips to help get you started.
7. Eat immune boosting foods
Eat foods that are going to boost your immune system.
Some foods include broccoli, cashews, elderberry, ginger, greek yogurt, red bell peppers, spinach, and turmeric.
Staying Healthy: Immune Boosting Foods
Broccoli guards against cancer and is rich in a wide range of antioxidants, vitamins C and E, folate, and iron.
Cashews are a great source of zinc, essential amino acids, and essential fatty acids required for optimum immunity.
Elderberry is a great source of antioxidants. It is often used as a flu remedy.
Fresh ginger root acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Greek yogurt is high in protein and vitamin A.
Red bell peppers are the best source of immune boosting β-carotene. They also have twice the among of vitamin C than oranges.
Spinach is rich in inflammation-fighting carotenoids, as well as immune-boosting vitamin E.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, anti-viral, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-fungal and so much more.
Staying Healthy: More Resources
Take control of staying healthy! I hope you all can be healthy this upcoming flu and cold season!
Let me know if you tried any of these tips and found them to be helpful.
If you do get sick, use these 10 self-care date day ideas. Some of them you can do right at home.