Looking around we can see that Fall is upon us; changing leaves, brisk mornings and earlier. As the cooler weather starts to set in and the seasons change there are quite a few things that we all can do for ourselves to stay healthy and flu-free this cold season.
1. Wash your hands! Hand washing is your first defense in breaking the chain of infection. Wash your hands often, thoroughly and with warm soapy water. Make sure you get the fronts, backs and in between the fingers as well. According to the Center for Disease Control hand washing needs to last at least 20 seconds. You should be washing your hands before and after any meal, after using the restroom, and it’s a good idea to wash your hands every time you get back to your apartment, especially if you have ridden the elevator or used a hand rail.
2. Stay Active! Exercising is one of the best things that you can do to help you stay healthy. Exercising helps to keep our bodies strong, inside and out.
3. Drink plenty of water! Hydration is important to all your bodily functions. Make sure you are drinking half of your body weight, in ounces, every day. (For example, if you weigh150 pounds you should be drinking at least 75 ounces of water, daily!)
4. Take good care of your skin! Your skin is your largest organ and your greatest protector. Proper hydration is essential for maintaining healthy skin. Treat any wounds or skin tears properly and seek medical attention if needed. Any time you have an opening in your skin, you have an open portal of entry for germs!
5. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep! Sleep is essential for healing and repairing in the body. Not getting enough sleep can have a huge impact on your overall wellness. Try going to sleep at the same time and waking up at the same time every day.
6. Avoid smoking and drinking in excess! Smoking can increase your chance of getting sick, especially in the lungs. If you do smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do! Drinking in excess can also lower your body’s natural defenses and dehydrates you, so keep the drinking to a minimum.
7. If you’ve been sick make sure to disinfect the things you touch regularly! Our housekeeping staff is amazing at keeping our facility and apartments clean and disinfected, but when was the last time you disinfected your walker, or your vehicle? Both can be carriers for germs, especially if you’ve been ill! Grab some disinfecting wipes from the store and give those items a good wipe down, it might just keep you from getting sick, staying sick or spreading your sickness.
If you do find yourself sick this cold season, make sure you stay hydrated. See a doctor if you need to!