With so many types of cold and flu viruses floating around, prevention is key to protecting you and your loved ones from contacting one of these energy-zapping illnesses. Here are some helpful tips to increase your chances of staying healthy this winter
- Stay socially connected Research shows that not only are extroverts less likely than introverts to contract the cold when exposed to the virus, those with the highest numbers of diverse social groups are even less likely.
- See the glass as half full Research also shows that individuals with positive emotional tendencies are also less likely to contract the cold when exposed to it than those with negative emotional styles.
- Get vaccinated Vaccination is hands-down your best defense against contracting the flu.
- Make time for exercise, relaxation and shut-eye Fatigue, stress and lack of physical activity have been shown to decrease immunity and increase a person’s likelihood of getting sick. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, get to bed at a reasonable hour and carve out a few minutes of “me” time to decompress every day. You’ll notice a difference immediately.
- Wash, sanitize, repeat Frequent and consistent hand washing or sanitizing is one of the most sure-fire ways to lessen your chances of contracting the cold or flu virus.
- Drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruits and vegetables A healthy diet goes hand-in-hand with a healthy immune system. Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in disease-fighting antioxidants and a sure bet for good health.