It’s the time of year where we focus our energy on holiday shopping, family gatherings, and preparing ourselves for all the holiday feasts. However, the one thing we all forget to do around the holidays is take time for our health. With all of the crowded malls, added stress and cold weather, it’s easy to let yourself get sick during the holiday season.
When we are healthy, we have more opportunities available to us and can spend more time doing what makes us happy. There are a lot of things each of us can do to make sure we stay healthy, and in turn, help others stay healthy as well.
Simple Tips To Prevent Getting Sick
The simplest way to avoid getting sick, or getting others sick, this holiday season is to get your flu shot. The flu causes thousands of people to fall ill each year, some resulting in death from complications. Getting a flu shot not only helps guard against getting the flu, it keeps those around you safe as well.
The flu is very common during the winter months. Other than getting a flu shot, washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself from catching or spreading any germs. Our hands touch so many things throughout the day; we can’t imagine what is on them. Additionally, remembering to wash things you touch daily, such as your phone, or door handles, can control the spread of bacteria and germs.
The best way to spend winter is cozy and indoors, however that means we will get less time soaking in the great outdoors. Less time spent outside means your body doesn’t get as much Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps boost the health of our immune system and heart. If you aren’t willing to take a supplement, a great way to get enough Vitamin D is to eat fatty fish such as salmon or tuna, and mushrooms.
Even though they are some of the happiest times of the year the holidays can also be some of the most stressful. Work on handling stress during the holidays. When our minds get stressed, so do our bodies. This lets down our body’s defenses, leaving us more prone to illness. Relax a little and it is easier to enjoy a healthier holiday and winter season.
The winter months are a busy time for everyone, making it hard to remember important things like our health. It doesn’t take much to make sure you stay healthy this winter. Doing the little things to look out for yourself means you can enjoy the best the season has to offer.