There are numerous health conditions that are typically associated with cooler conditions, so when the temperature drops it’s important to take some extra care of yourself to minimise your chances of getting sick.
We’ve put together some simple tips that you can follow to boost your immunity and protect yourself from getting a dreaded cold, flu, or infection this winter.
- Practise good hygiene
It goes without saying that good personal hygiene is one of the keys to avoid nasty germs. Perform good cough etiquette by coughing into your sleeve or a tissue and disposing of it straightaway. Ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating, and after coughing or sneezing.
Viruses and bacteria enter your body through your eyes, nose, and mouth so it’s best to avoid touching these areas. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and try not to share cups, cutlery, and other personal items.
- Get the flu shot
The flu vaccine gives you immunity against contracting the flu. A new vaccine is needed annually as the type of flu strains that circulate vary from year to year. Getting vaccinated is the best way to stop the virus from spreading through workplaces, schools, childcare centres, and communities.
- Eat a balanced diet
Give your immune system the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals it needs to function effectively by eating plenty of nutritious foods. Try to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables and incorporate foods that are high in antioxidants, fibre, and protein, and are low in sugar into your meals.
- Stay hydrated
We tend to feel less thirsty in winter, so many of us forget to drink enough H2O, however our bodies still need as much water as in the summertime. Drinking eight glasses of water a day is ideal as the body is able to flush out toxins when it’s well hydrated. Avoid consuming a lot of caffeinated beverages that are dehydrating, and instead stock up on a range of delicious herbal teas to sip on throughout the day.
- Get plenty of sleep
Although sleep needs vary from person to person, it is recommended that adults get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Sleep improves your immune function. A lack of sleep causes your cortisol levels to rise which impairs immune function and your body’s ability to fight off infection.
- Keep active
In the cooler months it can be so tempting to stay in bed and pull up the covers instead of working out, however exercising regularly all year round is important. Getting your blood pumping lowers stress hormone levels, helps your lymphatic system which plays a vital role in immune function and has the added benefit of warming you up. Stay motivated by changing up your routine or work out with a friend who will keep you accountable.
We hope these tips will help you to avoid getting sick this winter. Sometimes it can be unavoidable though, so if you or any of your employees happen to get sick and need to take time off work, Australian Staffing Agency has you covered. We specialise in temporary labour hire for companies in the data entry, warehouse, mailing, call centre industries and more.
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