Okay…so no one loves to have the sniffles; carrying tissues around and sneezing/blowing our noses into tissues and just feeling miserable! We hate even more when we are in the uncomfortable position of ‘rejecting’ a handshake because we want to avoid getting infected by someone who has the flu.
Here are top tips for escaping the cold and flu as it makes its rounds:
• Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap for at least 20 seconds…time taken to sing happy birthday twice. Use safeguard soap and this will not only remove millions of bacteria but stop their re-growth for at least 12 hours. Dry your hands thoroughly.
Get a flu shot
This may not be perfect and certainly does not protect everyone, but you do have more of a chance of beating the flu with it than without it
• Live healthy
A balanced diet, regular sleep and exercise work wonders for your immune system and helps you resist the flu.
• Cover your cough
Don’t sneeze into your hands…you’re more than likely to see someone you know and shake them soon enough…spreading your germs. Rather sneeze or cough into the crook of your arms. This limits significantly the spread of germs.
• Give that immune system of yours some extra boost by:
Taking a break from stress. Stress messes with your ability to stay healthy, especially during cold and flu season. Try taking a mini meditation break during the day – just close your eyes and focus on breathing in and out for a few minutes.
Trying to stick with a bedtime. Consistently geting eight hours of sleep a night gives your body the chance to repair cells and build up your immune system.
Have a great weekend, people 😀