Enjoying Holiday Parties and Preventing the Flu
By Virginia Laird
This is an exciting time of year. With the holiday season under way, many have already begun beating the trail from one party to another. While the excitement of such can have you looking forward to the next one on the list, the worry that comes with flu season can put a damper on the party fun. Having the flu is nothing short of miserable. While some healthcare professionals suggest that getting the vaccine can help decrease your chances of falling ill with this virus, all admit there is no sure way to keep the flu from making its way to your home. For this reason, these professionals have put together a list of precautions you can take to help discourage the flu from inviting its way into your home, including:
- Have sanitizer readily available
- Take your vitamins
- Sleep: get plenty of it
Have Sanitizer Readily Available
Health and wellness experts admit that some of the battle with the flu is keeping germs away from your hands. While it can be impossible to completely avoid this, having hand sanitizer available can help. These professionals suggest that sanitizing after coming in contact with others, or after being in large crowds, is best. As you start to make your way through the holiday party lineup this season, it is suggested that you carry not only enough sanitizer for yourself, but also enough to share with those around you.
Take Your Vitamins
Most healthcare professionals suggest that taking your vitamins routinely can help prevent illness and boost your immune system. For those who have yet to begin this habit, flu season is a great time to get started. Health and wellness experts suggest that a vitamin which includes Vitamin C can be beneficial to preventing illness. Other things which can help to prevent illness include echinacea and elderberry. Check with your healthcare provider for recommendations as to what will work best for your body.
Sleep: Get Plenty of It
Getting plenty of sleep is a healthy part of everyone's life. Health and wellness experts suggest that those who fall short in this area are generally more likely to become ill (more often) than those who make sleep a priority. Research suggests that the average adult should get at least six hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. If you struggle with getting enough sleep, health and wellness experts suggest adding a bedtime routine to help your body relax. This routine can include light stretching and meditation.
Now is the time to begin planning for your next holiday gathering and how you will keep the flu from taking over your body.
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