Staying Healthy During Flu Season

In every office, some things always stay the same. There’s always one person who eats too many donuts. Always one person who doesn’t shut the door correctly during winter, allowing freezing air to come in. There’s always one person during flu season who is annoyingly, irritatingly, not sick. How do these people do it? A desk drawer full of medical supplies?

The fact is, while you can’t stay healthy 100% of the time, there are things you can do to increase the odds of staying healthy longer, and decrease the time spent when you do get sick. Since we’re entering flu season, and we all know it’s coming, read on for a few things you can do to keep feeling great.

  • When we think of flu season, we usually think of the months between October and May, with the majority of people coming down with the flu in December and January. The smart move is to get your flu vaccine as soon as possible. Your body will need a few weeks to build up antibodies, so it’s wise to get your shot before the holidays hit or you do any traveling.
  • During fall and winter months, many of us turn to heartier and heavier meals. While we love chili, meatloaf, and macaroni & cheese as much as the next guy, make sure you also stick with eating fruits and veggies. You’ve got lots of options, such as butternut squash soup, which is bursting with nutrients and a completely satisfying meal. Yams, Brussels sprouts, and turnips are in season. A little research online will find you a host of delicious recipes that feature these veggies.
  • Maybe you love biking and jogging, but not so much when the temperature goes below zero. The temptation is there to become a couch potato, but you’re better off resisting. This time of year is perfect for investing in a gym membership. For a little extra accountability, consider working with a personal trainer. If neither of those options are feasible, you can exercise at home with a stationary bike or free weights. Some time spent online will also get you exercise programs you can do in the privacy of your own home.
  • The key to health is to have a strong and efficient immune system. But many of us juggle work, relationships, hobbies, kids, and a good night’s sleep frequently takes a backseat. With sleep deprivation, you’ll not only have less energy and cognitive issues, but your immune system will inevitably weaken. The average adult needs between 7 ½-9 hours of sleep nightly to function at peak performance. Children and teens need even more sleep, so be sure to make it a priority for the entire family.
  • Remember your parents constantly nagging you to wash your hands? Turns out they knew what they were talking about. Be sure to get your hands wet and lather them up with soap for a solid 20 seconds. That will help to dislodge germs, dirt, and other gunk that can get you sick. It will strongly limit the transfer of microbes and viruses.

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