The Battle to Beat the Flu
By Virginia Laird
The battle to beat the flu is one that must be fought annually. There are no tricks or easy solutions that will exclude your family from the virus. Many choose to get the flu vaccine in an effort to diminish their chances. However, the vaccine is not for everyone and healthcare professionals admit it does not completely eliminate the virus from you or your family. There is really no magic to the method of keeping the flu at bay. Simply practicing healthy habits can help prevent the spread of these germs. Some of these habits include:
- Keep sanitizer available
- Stay home when you feel sick
- Decrease your stress
Keep Sanitizer Available
Because washing your hands is the first line of defense from the flu, it is wise to keep hand sanitizer with you at all times. All too often you may find yourself in a situation where there is no sink available to wash. Keeping the hands free from bacteria can help keep the flu far from your home.
Stay Home When You Feel Sick
Though it may be difficult, it is important to stay home when you are sick. A compromised immune system can make you more susceptible to taking on additional illnesses. Likewise, getting out and about while sick can have you passing your germs to those around you. The body needs rest to recover and rebuild energy. If you are sick, take the day off, kick your feet up, and binge (as best you can) on your favorite television shows.
Decrease Your Stress
High levels of stress can take its toll on the body, making you more vulnerable to illness. When you experience stress it is a good idea to find ways to decrease it. A few suggestions could include:
- Get some exercise
- Spend time outdoors
- Dive into a hobby
- Spend time with friends
- Get a message
Don’t let stress take over your life and ruin your holiday season. Be slightly selfish when it comes to doing what you need to do to rid your life of unwanted stress.
With the holidays approaching, you are sure to find yourself in large crowds at a variety of stores, parties, and in family gatherings. All these places are going to be full of germs which may quickly spread to you. Be ready to use your sanitizer and have enough to share!
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