As professionals, our employers, clients, and families count on us to be healthy and at work. How do we prepare ourselves for this flu season? Here are several suggestions...
It’s that time of year again; flu season.
With the kids starting school, the holidays soon upon us, there is more and more opportunity for you to fall victim to the flu.
The weather is cold and wet, leaving those exposed to the elements much more susceptible to the flu. Everyday stress is literally weakening your immune system. Exposure in busy malls with many people, some of which are infected with the flu. The odds are starting to tip in favor of the flu.
As professionals, our employers, clients, and families count on us to be healthy and at work. How do we prepare ourselves for this flu season? Here are several suggestions:
1) Flu Vaccination- the CDC states that the flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent the flu. It is always best to educate yourself on whether the flu vaccination is right for you or not.
2) Remedies- Things like Emergen-C, Airborne, and other supplemental items are good for preparing your immune system. A daily dose of vitamin C is always a good idea. There are also other alternative remedies that have proven to be effective, but always check with your healthcare professional before taking any medications, supplements or alternative remedies. Keep your self-hydrated, drink a lot of water, some say half your weight in ounces.
3) Healthy Lifestyle- additionally one of the best way to prevent an illness and maintain a healthy immune system is through a healthy lifestyle. There are more than a few things you can implement to live healthier:
a. Get enough sleep- Studies show that 7-9 hours of sleep is what the average adult needs. This may seem impossible to accomplish, but the beginning to living healthy is to get enough sleep. Avoid watching television right before going to bed, and it isn’t a bad idea to turn off all mobile devices at least an hour before going to bed so your mind isn’t racing while sleeping and you will be rested in the morning.
b. Exercise- Staying in good physical shape will help you stay in good mental shape as well as strengthen your immune system. Walking, running, jogging, aerobics, and other physical activities will keep your blood flowing and your body going.
c. Healthy eating- Staying away or limiting food that will "weigh" you down will help keep you from feeling lethargic and keep all body systems functioning.
d. Good hygiene- With many people touching the same door handle, the same items on the shelf and shaking each other’s hand, keeping your hands clean will be a necessary precaution to keeping you healthy. Thoroughly washing your hands after using the bathroom, handling money and having contact with other dirty surfaces will help with germs not spreading. If washing your hands isn’t possible, hand sanitizer to kill those germs is another safeguard to use.
Staying healthy can never be overemphasized. With proper sleep, exercise, healthy eating and good hygiene, you will be well on your way to avoiding and staying away from the flu.
Be aware, take care.
Let’s be safe!