10 Tips to Avoid Getting Sick

tips-to-avoid-getting-sickWinter months are on the horizon and with the weather changing and colder temperatures rolling in, the chances of getting sick start to increase. Check out our top 10 tips for avoiding colds and illnesses this year.

1. Skip Finger Foods

Eating foods with your hands creates an easy pathway for the germs on your hands to make it inside your body. Consider making or ordering foods that you can eat with a knife and fork instead of with your hands.

2. Exercise

The cold winter weather makes it more difficult for many of us to get outside, but it’s worth putting on a jacket for! Even just 30 minutes of walking a day can greatly increase your immune system and help you fight off colds or sickness.

3. Sleep

Your body needs to be fully rested in order to fight off any germs or bacteria. In general, its recommended to get at least 8-10 hours of sleep per night.

4. Consider Taking Vitamins and Probiotics

Vitamin D levels are often lower in the winter, but it’s an important vitamin to help your body fight off colds. A small daily vitamin D tablet can make a big difference.

5. Do things that make you happy

People who are stressed or depressed are more likely to become sick, studies show. Make time to do things that make you happy. Whether that’s spending time with your family or friends, going to a yoga class or reading a book, it’s worth it.

6. Wash your hands

Washing your hands is a very easy way to stay germ free. To effectively wash your hands, use hot water and spend at least 20 seconds at the sink and dry them well.

7.Don’t touch your face

Your eyes, nose and mouth are direct channels into your body, so avoid touching them as much as possible. In addition, your skin’s pores will absorb bacteria from touching your face, so avoid holding your head in your hands or rubbing your face.

8.Sanitize your surfaces

Many common surfaces collect germs and bacteria without you realizing how dirty they really are. Consider cleaning your kitchen counters, door handles, television remotes and cellphones. Switch from a cloth purse to a vinyl one that can be wiped down to not track in germs.

9. Eat nutritious foods

Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins that will boost your immune system and help you from getting sick. Consider adding them to a soup to stay warm and eat well – a win, win!

 10.Stay away from others who are sick

Keep your distance from people who are coughing, sneezing or otherwise saying they don’t feel well. Their germs can easily spread to you. This includes hugs, handshakes or sharing common objects, like a pen or phone. If it’s unavoidable, be sure to wash your hands immediately after your visit with them.

Besides the annoyance of coughing and sneezing, colds can be difficult for people with incontinence. Be sure to use these easy tips to stay healthy and active this winter!