Shorter days, frosty mornings and the dipping mercury: they’re all signs that it’s flu season once again. Or, as you may know it, “stuffy nose, pounding headache, ouch everything hurts and I’m not sure I want to move from this bed for the next three days” season. Yeah, that time of year. Aside from getting a flu shot (which you definitely should do), here are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself this flu season.
Wash your hands. This is by far one of the easiest and most effective things that you can do to protect yourself. Wash your hands when you go to the restroom, after touching a door handle or shaking someone’s hand. Wash your hands even if you’re tired of doing so. It only takes a few seconds and is a strong line of defense against getting sick.
Get plenty of sleep. Getting at least eight hours of sleep each night isn’t just good for your productivity and focus, it also helps bolster your immune system. Your body recharges and heals itself when you’re sleeping, which can be critical, especially this time of year. Think you’re too busy? Take a step back and reevaluate your priorities. Getting a good night’s rest should be at the top of the list.
Eat healthy. Eating a good meal can be tough, especially when you’re running around and trying to get things done. This time of year it’s especially important to choose good things to put into your body. Drinking tea regularly, eating leafy greens and fruits that are high in Vitamin C content and staying on top of your water consumption can all help protect you from the flu.