Sunday, November 20, 2016

How to Stay Healthy When Everyone is Sick



We are quickly approaching the most stressful time of the year. The holidays are upon us and people are finding themselves overwhelmed and overworked. Whether you work in an office or are a student in school, it becomes difficult to stay healthy when it seems like everyone around you is sick. Here are 5 ways to stay healthy this winter. 

1) Get a Flu Shot
This is by far the easiest thing to do and one of the best. We are already into flu season, but if you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, you should still get it. Most flu shots are covered by insurance, and if you're a student, check and see if your health center gives them out for free. On a side note here, make sure that you get the physical shot and not the nasal spray because those have been proven to be very ineffective. 

2) Hygiene
Hygiene is always important, but more so when you know that germs are going around. Wash your hands and make sure that you continue to disinfect high contact surfaces such as handles, remotes, and phones. If you can, carrying a small container of hand sanitizer and using it consistently, is one of the best ways to stay on top of your hygiene. 

3) Sleep & Stress
Stress is known to suppress the human immune system as does lack of sleep. Stress tends to build this time of year as people try to figure out spending and finances, travel itineraries, along with the typical day to day stress. Try to minimize the amount of stress you carry with you through meditation, yoga, journaling, or mindful breathing. Sleep is another thing that tends to get neglected this time of year, especially for students. Try to shoot for at least 6 hours of sleep each night, although 8 would be ideal. 

4) Eat Well, Sweat More
Diet is the most important part of health. Nobody wants to be on a diet this time of year, especially when there are Thanksgiving feasts to be had. Practice moderation, make sure you're consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables, and limit the amount of processed foods and baked goods that you consume. 
Fitness is another thing that impacts how we feel. Try to break a sweat daily, whether that's in the gym, outside, or in the comfort of your own home. 

5) Supplement Wisely
I am not a huge fan of taking supplements because the industry is so unregulated that you never really know what you're consuming. With that being said, I've been taking Zicam for the past few days because I've been feeling under the weather, and I think that it's been helping. If you feel a cold coming on, definitely consider taking Airborne, Emergen C, Zicam, or another supplement if you think it could help. 

Let me know in the comments if you have any tips on how to stay healthy during the winter! Also, make sure you're following this blog on bloglovin and youtube because there may or may not be a few holiday giveaways in the near future! ;)
-Sienna

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