Stay healthy with our flu fighting tips
5 Tips to stay healthy during flu season
It’s unavoidable, winter is flu season. Germs seem to thrive in the cold chilly months when we’re all bundled up indoors together. Wherever you go, there’s bound to be someone coughing or sneezing. No one wants to spend their days sick in bed. That’s why it’s important to stay healthy to help combat colds and the flu during the higher risk months. Discover what you can do to reduce the risk of catching an infection.
Wash your hands
The first step to staying healthy during the chilly winter season is good hygiene. Washing your hands often (and drying them) is your first line of defence when fighting off pesky germs and viruses. Germs causing infections can easily be transferred by our hands when we touch our nose or mouth. Regular washing with soap and warm water will help minimise the risk of a catching a cold. It’s a good idea to keep a hand sanitiser within reach at all times, just in case.
Keep your workspace clean
It’s astonishing how easily germs can transfer from one person to another. Perhaps a sick colleague borrows your pen, or a family member picks up the remote after sneezing. That’s why it’s important to keep your home and workspace as clean as possible. Wipe down commonly touched surfaces regularly with antibacterial wipes or soap. The cleaner your environment the easier it is to stay healthy.
Get enough sleep
It’s always important to aim for your eight hours of sleep a night. Even more so during the flu season. Getting enough rest is crucial for maintaining a healthy immune system. Lack of sleep can make you more prone to catching colds and the flu. It also has a negative impact on your mood, which can lower your immune defences. Use the frosty winter nights as an excuse to tuck in early and snuggle under the covers.
Don’t let the icy bite in the air put a dampener on your exercise routine. Regular exercise is a great way to stay healthy and boost your immune system. Instead of hitting the snooze button, get up and go for your morning jog. It’s also important to get out of the house every now and again. Staying shut away to avoid getting sick will only leave you feeling down. A happy mental state leads to a healthier mind and body. So don’t skip drinks with your friends for fear of catching a cold. Just remember to dress warm and wash your hands.
Avoid sugary treats
We know. There’s nothing more comforting than a bar of chocolate when you aren’t feeling well. But if you want to stay healthy, put down the sweets! Sugar is not only bad for your waistline, but it’s harmful to white blood cells. These are the cells that fight off infection. Too much sugar leaves your immune system weak and vulnerable to viruses.
Stay healthy with Elixi
While we do our best to stay healthy during flu season, sometimes the sniffles get us down. When you feel that scratchy throat begin, it’s best to get straight to the doctor and nip it in the bud. With our medical insurance plans, you get unlimited visits to a network GP. Don’t wait until it’s too late – take care of your health today.