As if we didn’t have enough to contend with already this year, autumn has arrived, and that means cold and flu season is underway. For some, weeks of sniffling, sneezing and generally feeling a little under par lie ahead.
So, what can you do to protect yourself from unwanted germs, and if you do succumb to the dreaded lurgy, how can you get back to full health as quickly as possible?
We all know that a healthy diet and exercise will help keep your immune system strong, but just how good is your nutrition, and how active are you?
You should make sure you eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables every day and take 30 minutes of exercise to help keep your body in good condition.
Cutting out smoking and reducing your alcohol intake is also sensible.
Make a vegetable soup: Warming and tasty, this is a superb way of getting your five a day in one sitting. Choose delicious veggies such as butternut squash, parsnip and broccoli and add spices to keep recipes interesting.
You may think you can function on just five or six hours of sleep per night. Still, the reality is that those who get less than six hours of sleep are on average four times more likely to get a cold than those who sleep for seven hours or more, according to research from the University of California.
Sleep is critical for health, so if you’re a night owl, try going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night over five days. You’ll gain an extra hour and 15 minutes of sleep overall and will barely notice your earlier bedtime!
If you find it difficult to drop off once your head hits the pillow, try the following tricks to help you:
This has been drilled into us all recently, but it shouldn’t take a pandemic to make us reconsider our personal hygiene.
Anything you can do to avoid exposing yourself to a cold virus will reduce your chances of catching it. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water, and carrying sanitiser with you, means you won’t pick up germs or transfer them to others so easily.
This is a tough one and virtually impossible for most people; however, children do tend to get several colds a year only because their immune systems are still developing so are perfect cold and flu carriers! They then pass the cold on very easily to those who come into contact with them. Parents of young children are the highest risk; however, contact obviously cannot be avoided altogether.
Easier said than done – we know!
Often it’s challenging to make the decision to take a sick day away from work or other commitments, but if you are a ball of germs, the sensible option is to have a duvet day. This is not only in the interest of those around you, but you’ll also recover more quickly with some rest, allowing your body time to heal.
Your immune system is a remarkable thing and is highly efficient at dealing with most colds and viruses, so remember, however annoying and frustrating it is, you will likely recover from a cold in a few days.
Our team at Properly are fit, healthy and strong and ready to advise you on your next home move.
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