Winter is the time when most people fall victim to sickness. The season brings about stomach bugs, colds, and the flu, among other nasty infections. Getting sick could potentially knock you out of commission for weeks, keeping you holed up in your apartment. It can affect your work, social, and personal life. Consider these tips to help you stay healthy this winter.
Get a Flu Shot – The flu shot is recommended for individuals older than six months, and can reduce the risk of getting the flu by up to 60%. If you do happen to get the flu after getting a flu shot, the severity will not be as bad. Many flu shots are available for free at local clinics or through your healthcare provider.
Keep Clean – You should frequently wash your hands and use hand sanitizer. Studies have shown that those who carry and frequently use hand sanitizer can reduce the risk of the stomach bug by over 50%. Research has also indicated that those who wash their hands at least five times per day reduce their risk of respiratory infection by 45%.
Take A Multivitamin – Winter typically means less time spent being active outdoors, and more time spent in your apartment, reducing your intake of essential vitamins like vitamin D. The holiday season can also wreck healthy eating habits. Taking a daily multivitamin ensures you’re getting the recommended daily values of essential vitamins and minerals.
Get Enough Rest – Your body heals when you sleep. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night can help your body fight infections. Cutting your sleep by half directly correlates to a 50% reduction in flu-fighting antibodies.
Be the best version of yourself this winter. Implementing these tips into your daily routine can help you stay healthy and void spending days stuck on the couch in your apartment feeling miserable.