Great Ways To Avoid Bugs This Winter

February 22, 2017

It is hard to stay healthy in winter time. There are bugs everywhere. We are all a little stressed out and tired after Christmas and our immune systems suffer. With germs everywhere, they are hard to avoid. Unfortunately, life does not stop! We cannot all hibernate and only come out when it is warm. We have to work, look after our families, or keep studying for our online masters in gerontology. So, instead we must do our best to stay healthy. Here are some great tips to help you avoid getting sick during winter time:

Get A Flu Shot

Flu shots are free if you fall into a high-risk group, such as pregnant women or caregivers. See your doctor or practice manager if you may be eligible. But, anyone can pay for one. They are not overly expensive and well worth it to avoid getting the flu, which can not only make you feel awful, but also cost a fortune in over the counter drugs and loss of earnings.

Eat Right

Making sure you get plenty of B and C vitamins is the best natural way to improve your immunity. Drinking lots of water will also help your body to flush out any germs. If your diet is not great, add a vitamin supplement for a boost.

Exercise

When it is cold and you do not feel great, exercise can be the last thing you feel like doing. But, it is worth it. Getting a little exercise, even a walk every day, will help boost your immunity, reduce stress, and leave you feeling great. If you do not fancy spending long periods of time outdoors, hit the gym, or go for a swim. Home fitness videos are another great option.

Rest

Get plenty of sleep to give your body its best chance of fighting off bugs. If you do start to feel unwell, rest more, as soon as you can. Take some time off work or school, wrap up warm, drink plenty of fluids, including orange juice, which is full of vitamin C, and eat what you can. Do not rush back to work before you are ready. You will just end up getting ill again and infecting others.

Practice Good Hygiene

Good hygiene is your first line of defense against germs and bugs, especially highly contagious winter colds. Wash your hands at regular intervals and especially before and after they touch your face. Encourage your family to do the same. Use disposable tissues and throw them away straight away. Invest in some anti-bacterial hand gel for when you are out and about, be sure to wash your sheets and bedding, and wipe down all of your surfaces regularly. There is no need to get carried away; just get into good, healthy habits, and try to instill them in others.

Winter is often our busiest time. If you are studying an online MAGMASM degree from the University of Southern California, you might have deadlines or exams.

Do not let illness stand in your way. Follow these tips and there is no reason you should not feel great well into spring!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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