This time of year brings out more than just the holiday spirit. It's cold and flu season and not a day goes by where I don't see someone sniffling or coughing.
Here are 7 simple tips to keep in mind that will help prevent cold and flu.
1. Wash your hands.
This is something you should be doing a lot. Most of what we do every day, involves touch. Consider my local coffee shop, at least two—and often three—people touch that cup before it even gets to me. I'm not a germaphobe, yet if you're only going to do one thing, do this.
2. Don't pick your nose, rub your eyes, or otherwise touch your face.
My mom told me ‘this is the way germs get in' and she was right. Even with relatively clean hands, odds are there are some germs. One of the easiest ways to transmit virus is through your nose, mouth, and eyes. Keep your hands away. Oh and don't bite your nails.
3. Avoid sick people.
Sick people often have sick germs. Stay away from these people. If you're sick don't go to work. Every office has that person who shows up to ‘tough-it-out' and everyone secretly hates that they are at work.
4. Avoid the social jet-lag (i.e., sleep).
Not getting enough sleep increases the risk of catching a cold. When you feel like you're starting to get sick do the world a favour and take the day off to rest.
5. Drink plenty of water.
Not juice, water. If you want juice, eat an orange.
6. Pass on the booze.
If your body is fighting a cold or the flu, why would you ask it to do even more. That's like taking the busiest person you know and saying, hey can you do this too? Skip the booze for a few days if you think you're fighting something.
Skip a meal. When you're sick your body does this naturally through lack of appetite. But when you're fighting something, you can choose to do it. This is what animals do when they're fighting an illness or serious infection. Don't skip the water.