11.17.2010

In Sickness and in Health

Its that time of year again- shorter days, colder weather, endless wind, and anticipation of the first snow. Another “perk” of this season are the dreaded colds and flu that seem to always be circulating wherever you go- work, school, the grocery store, even at home.

We often see sickness as an inevitable event during the winter, but why should it be? I agree, you can’t live in a bubble and avoid all of the outside germs (even though you may want to because that means you wouldn’t have to go outside), but you can take all of the possible precautions to minimize your risks. To start, go get your flu shot! It will protect you from the most common strains of the virus that are circulating this year, and lasts for an entire 365. Also make sure to check in with your doctor when your feeling ill- they can tell you what you may have, and help you keep from spreading it to others.

If doctors offices or shots are absolutely unbearable, the least you can do is eat healthy and live healthy. This means eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein so that your body can keep functioning at its finest. Fruits and vegetables are also bursting with antioxidants and vitamins, which help your body fight harder against all those germs you encounter everyday.

Another way to keep well? Exercise! It’s probably one of the last things that you are thinking about during the busy holiday season, but make sure to set aside time for it just as you would for any other appointment. Even 30 minutes a day can get those endorphins flowing and boost your energy to fight those germs.

Speaking of germs, promote cleanliness to avoid them in the first place! Make sure to wash your hands frequently, and carry a little bottle of hand sanitizer with you for extra protection. Wherever you spend most of your time- whether it is work, school, or at home- suggest having a community bottle of hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes to nip those germs in the bud before they can get to anyone’s immune system.

Being healthy isn’t hard, it just takes some thought and effort. It may seem like extra work at first, but when that first bug hits hard you’ll be prepared. You may not get out of the season sickness-free, but by using these tips, you’ll definitely spend a lot less time being miserable! Remember to share the wealth too- nobody wants to be sick, and if you start the initiative to live healthy this winter season others will follow!