Christmas is only a few days away, that means time spent shopping for gifts, hanging out in airports to get home for the holidays and spending time with family. While all of these things are part and parcel of the holiday season it is also the perfect opportunity to come in contact with the flu virus. Avoiding the flu this holiday season doesn’t mean you have to hide indoors the whole time and Skype your family rather than going to see them, rather you can take a few preventative measures to ensure you stay healthy. Let’s look at how you can avoid the flu.
Get Some Rest
Getting the right amount of sleep is vital to your immune system and we underestimate all the time how much a good night’s sleep can do to keep us healthy. This is backed up by science. There have been studies done that show when you get less than seven hours of sleep per night it can weaken your immune system making it easier to pick up the virus. Christmastime is busy for many of us, there are preparations to make, and travelling and it can be exhausting. Do yourself a favor and get some sleep, your body will thank you.
Yes, this is going to be a challenge during the holiday season. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a piece of your grandma’s incredible sticky toffee pudding, it just means don’t go crazy. Bear in mind that not eating properly not only increases your chances of getting the flu but you increase your chances of complications from the flu as well. Berries, green vegetables and anything with lots of antioxidants should be part of your diet.
Wash Your Hands
One of the best ways to prevent the flu is to wash your hands thoroughly and often. Most people pick up the virus from touching a surface that was contaminated by a sick person and then touching our faces. Washing your hands can help protect you, use soap and wash thoroughly. During the holidays we come into contact with many people and you have no idea which of them may be carrying the flu virus. Clean hands will help keep it away.
If you live in the northern hemisphere you can become Vitamin D deficient during the winter. Vitamin D is needed for our immune systems to work, and you can get Vitamin D from the sun. Being stuck inside at work all day can reduce the levels of Vitamin D, you can take a supplement or get outside on your lunch break or on the weekends.