During winter when the temperature drops, it’s common to see more and more people with sniffly noses or coughs. Illnesses can be passed from person to person easily during this time as we’re often bundled up together inside, but how can you stop the spread and support your immunity this winter?
Wash your hands
This is more commonplace to us now with the event of COVID-19, but it’s important to maintain this habit to keep the bugs at bay. Whether you’ve been out and about touching door handles or in the office sharing computer equipment, be sure to use hand sanitiser alongside regular hand-washing to stop germs in their tracks.
Stay home if you’re sick
Interestly enough, in 2020, we saw a 99.8 percent reduction in flu cases due to people staying home and being more vigilant during the COVID-19 lockdowns. We can’t all stay at home and isolate during peak sickness times, but if you’re experiencing any symptoms of cold or flu, it’s important to stay at home and rest. Get yourself tested for COVID-19 as well just to be on the safe side.
It might be the last thing you want to do during the cooler months, but keeping up regular exercise will help your body fight off any illnesses. Exercise increases your blood flow, reduces stress and inflammation, and can strengthen antibodies so make sure to get some movement in where you can, even just a brisk walk around the block will help.
Prioritise your sleep
Getting enough sleep is key to keeping you in optimal health. If you do catch a cold, you’ll need more sleep to help your body fight it, but making sleep a priority in the first place will help you stay healthy. It’s not just about the hours, the quality of sleep is important too so try to avoid alcohol or coffee before bed and keep your cell phone out of reach.
Eat healthy foods
We get a lot of great vitamins and nutrients from the food that we eat, so it’s important to choose the right foods to support your immune system. You might need a boost of vitamin D or vitamin C during winter, so keep some supplements handy to help your body out when it needs it. If you do have a cold, try adding in more zinc to help reduce the overall longevity of the illness.