We are heading into the season that everyone dreads, cold and flu season. It is really challenging to be at your best mentally when you are feeling crummy physically. This is the time of year to be a little bit more vigilant on health practices and to really look after yourself. Here are some tips and tricks to staying healthy and getting through cold and flu season in one piece.
- Get your rest. When we are run down we are more susceptible to germs because we don’t have the defenses to fight them off.
- Wash your hands. It goes without saying to wash your hands after using the washroom, but be more proactive in washing hands in general during this season. We touch so many things during our day and then touch our face (try to keep track of how many times you touch your face) without knowing what kind of germs we are passing into our system.
- Get moving. Physical exercise is so important to overall health at any time of the year. It might be necessary to take some days off if you are sick or lighten up the workout, but even doing a little bit of walking can give us an energy boost and can help clear the head.
- Take your vitamins. Following a healthy diet with lots of minerals and nutrients can help the body fight illness, but sometimes we need a little boost. If there is lots of stress going on in your life (who doesn’t have stress??) it might be worthwhile to take a vitamin B complex, which has been found to help protect the body against stresses. Check in with your health care provider to make sure you are getting the nutrients you need and discuss possible supplements.
- Think about the flu vaccine. I get that vaccination can be a hot topic and it is not an option for everyone. At the end of the day you have to do what you think is best for you. With that being said, make sure you are educated about the flu vaccine and getting your information from a trusted health care professional. Facebook does not count.
If you are sick, please stay home. The office will not crumble if you take a sick day. Look after yourself so you can come back to work refreshed and healthy. If you really think about it, you are not going to be very productive if your head is in a fog and you can’t stop blowing your nose. If you are hit with the cold/flu this year, sometimes the best way to get back on your feet is to put your feet up and rest.