Keeping healthy during the fall and coming winter can get pretty hard. If you’re in the working world, you know how people come in to work when they feel sick, but not too sick, which can cause whatever they have to spread. If you’re in a school it’s possible parents won’t let you miss, or you feel like you can’t miss classes, and don’t get me started if you have kids or are around kids. While adorable most of the time, they really do spread germs like crazy.
So how do you keep healthy when there are so many factors that are working against you? Here is my advice on how to stay healthy this fall.
Get a Flu Shot
This will always be my number one recommendation. If you can, get a flu shot. Last year’s flu season killed 80,000 people and hospitalized 900,000. That’s the worst it’s been in decades according to CDC reports. If that’s not going to convince you, I don’t know what else will.
If you think you won’t get it, you’re taking a risk, especially with how deadly it was last year. The flu is ever evolving and even though the flu shot doesn’t cover everything, if you do get the flu it will lessen the severity and/or how long you’re sick.
While water isn’t going to magically make you better if you have a cold, staying hydrated keeps your body in peak condition. Just because the summer sun has turned to an autumn breeze doesn’t mean that you can’t end up dehydrated. As things get colder we venture more inside, turning on the heat, and keeping more together. If you’ve ever gone to school, you know that putting a lot of people in a small space makes it easier for germs to spread. Staying hydrated will make sure you body is up and running to combat any germs that float your way.
Like water, vitamin C is a way to keep your body healthy. From the words of WebMD,
“When it comes to the common cold, vitamin C may not be a cure. But some studies show that it may help prevent more serious complications.”
Vitamin C not only helps your immune system it also has other benefits as well,
Take it Easy
If you’re surrounded by people who are getting sick, take it easy. Don’t overwork yourself. Stress is known to weaken your immune system, making it easier to catch what’s going around. Getting enough sleep, having time to relax and decompress from the day.
Hear me out, okay? Just like Vitamin C, exercising is a way to boost your immune system. You don’t have to go out and workout for 3 hours a day, “moderate exercise” is good enough to help boost your immune system. Moderate exercise is as little as 20-30 minutes of walking, or going to the gym every other day.
If you’re Sick, Get Treatment
This seems like common sense, but I know some people who think they can ride out whatever is going on with them instead of heading to the doctor to get things checked out. When you start to feel sick there are many possible reasons for it. If the flu or a severe illness is going around near you, definitely get it checked out. If you start a fever or your throat gets really sore, get it checked out. If you feel like death… you know the drill.
Do you have any other tips for staying healthy during the fall season? What do you think of my tips? Let me know in the comments!