Stay safe and healthy during the colder months by implementing these five healthy tips.
Practice good hygiene.
Washing your hands regularly is always important, but especially during cold and flu season. Make sure to use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds to kill the germs. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly are also important for your protection, as COVID-19 and the flu can survive on surfaces for days.
When you’re around other people, wear a face mask. This can protect against droplets from someone who may be ill with a cold, the flu or COVID-19 virus. These viruses spread from an infected person coughing, sneezing and talking, and the droplets getting in your eyes, nose or mouth. Follow social distancing protocols to avoid direct contact with someone who may be ill. Also, stay home if you aren’t feeling well.
As the weather gets colder it can be harder to stay active and get outside. Find a physical activity you enjoy and increase your chances of fighting off illness by relieving stress with exercise. Consider indoor activities like workout classes or walking when there are poor weather conditions.
Monitor your mental health.
Mood changes can occur more when daylight time decreases, and poor weather prevents time spent outside. Regularly communicating with friends and family as well as waking up earlier to have more hours of sunlight can help. Also, make sure you are eating nutritious foods and practicing mindfulness to help maintain your mental health.
Most importantly, talk openly about your mental health with others and don’t be afraid to admit if you need help from a health care professional.
Schedule your immunization appointments.
The flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine can save your life by preventing these common diseases and/or reducing symptoms if you do become sick. Most people experience few, or only mild side effects from immunizations.
The flu shot is given yearly during the fall season. It is continually researched and updated to fight against the virus. Additionally, the COVID-19 vaccine has followed an extensive development review. It is proven to help reduce the chance of needing hospitalization if you become infected with the COVID-19 virus.
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