Staying Healthy for the Holidays
It’s that time of year again. Everyone is coughing and sneezing—and without meaning to—spreading their germs. And since it’s cold outside, everybody is trapped inside with unwanted germs. Luckily, there are steps you can take to help fight off a seasonal cold.
- Take your vitamins. This is important in the wintertime! Due to a lack of sunlight in the colder parts of the country, our bodies don’t absorb as much vitamin D as in the sunnier summer months. It helps to take a multivitamin to be sure you’re getting the right nutrients to keep your immune system in top shape.
- Eat well. There’s no substitute for a healthy, well-rounded diet. During the holidays, we often stress our bodies out with added sugars and increased alcohol consumption. To help yourself recuperate, replenish with a steady intake of fruits and vegetables to reset your body and strengthen your immune system.
- Sanitize and disinfect. When the temperatures drop, people stay inside—and this gives germs an increased chance to spread. Everyday objects carry bacteria, especially ones that are used a lot. That’s why it’s important to wash your hands when needed, such as before eating, after coughing or sneezing, and especially after using the bathroom. If you can’t get to a sink, it helps to disinfect with hand sanitizer. And don’t forget to regularly clean your cell phone, TV remote and door handles.
- Stay active. Nobody wants to be outside when it’s below freezing, but keeping active can keep you healthy. So grab your sneakers and hit up your nearby gym, or try an exercise DVD, app or website in the comfort of your own home.
- Catch some Zzzzs. Sleeping is an important part of your life. It’s important to get enough shuteye so your body and mind can stay healthy. It’s easy to exhaust yourself during the holiday season, so make sure you find some time to get enough sleep each night. Most people need between six to eight hours to feel well-rested.
Knowing what to do to combat a illness can help you stay happy and healthy into the holidays!