With Summer transitioning slowly into fall, the outdoor temperatures will start dropping accordingly. This presumably precipitated the wave of illnesses suddenly making their way through our lives.
While we're still on a mission to protect ourselves from Covid-19, the change of the weather will most probably cause more colds and flu around, and more people spending time together indoors, it’s more likely they'll get sick, too. It’s not inevitable, though. Luckily, there are different tips you can adopt to help ward off those annoying infections:
Get enough sleep
Try your best to sleep at least 7-8 hours a night. Whether you stay up all night one night, or just consistently don't get enough sleep (even just a few days in a row), sleep deprivation puts a serious damper on your immune system’s ability to fight off infection.
Eat well, eat healthily
Make sure to get three solid meals every day. Always go for balanced meals, each meal should contain carbohydrate, a protein source, and a fruit or vegetable, and it's best to eat your biggest meals earlier in the day. Don’t go too long without eating (to the point where you feel weak or shaky), your body will certainly perceive it as a stress. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, as sugar has been shown to slow your immune cells down.
Exercise, even just going for a walk, or take the stairs instead of taking the lift. This will pump your circulation around your body and boosts your immune function. Just don’t go all out if your body hasn’t exercised for a while, as your body will perceive that as stress that weakens your immunity. If you decide to run for an 30 miutes to 1 hour, take breaks whenever is needed. Don’t push yourself too hard.
Keep washing your hands
Do this more often, espeially before & after eating. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with your hands throughout the day, as this is how viruses and bacteria can easily get into your body. Adopt this habit, never eat anything without washing your hands first, use a hand-sanitizer whenever is needed, and always wash your hands first thing when you get home after being out and about.
Unwind & de-stress
When you’re tense and stressed, your body pumps out stress hormones which weaken your immune system’s ability to respond to invaders. If you lead a busy life, be sure to regularly slow down and make some time to rest. Take a warm bath and add a few drops of essential lavender oil once a week, to rest and recover from the previous week and get ready for the next. Treat your body with a spa massage every now and then, you know you deserve it!
Stay positive & have fun
Spend time with people you love and people that make you laugh. Laughter and positive social interaction are both great for your immune system. Play and have fun, remember to take time to enjoy the life you've been blessed with and with the people you love.
Research has shown that warmer body temperatures can prevent the spread of the common cold virus. Carry a scarf or a light cardigan with you all the time, when you go to the mall, or at the cinema where the AC can be harshly cold. And most importantly at work, when sometimes you can't control the temperature.
In summary, nobody likes to be sick, and you’re not as helpless as you might feel among the coughing, sneezing masses. Look after yourself this fall and winter, you’ll thank yourself for it later. if you do get sick, visit a doctor if that cold been more than a week and you’re just not getting better, or you feel unusually unwell.