It’s flu season again, and people everywhere are debating the merits of flu shots and other preventative measures. Flu isn’t the only illness writers like to avoid. I don’t know about you, but when I don’t feel well, I don’t write well. I hate being sick and avoid it at all costs! Even though writing itself is a solitary profession that helps minimize exposure to germs, shopping trips and family members often traipse in what we could otherwise avoid. How can you stay healthy this winter? Follow these steps to stay healthy and germ free!
1. Wash hands
This goes without saying, but a surprising number of people (even health care professionals!) don’t wash their hands often enough. Keep a bottle of Germ-x around for the times when water isn’t available, and wipe down shopping carts. Don’t touch the faucet or door handles after washing in the bathroom–use a paper towel to open doors and turn off the water. Wash before eating, after going to the bathroom, or after shaking hands with people.
2. Eat well
Avoid eating too much holiday junk food. Sugar lowers our immunity and prevents us from getting the vitamins we need t At parties, consider the fruit/veggie trays over cookies and brownies. Bonus? You can avoid that holiday weight gain.
It doesn’t have to be much if you hate exercising. Personally, I hate exercising in the cold. Just make sure you are moving around throughout the day, and consider a post-dinner walk with your family.
4. Consider a supplement
I take one packet of Emergen-C every day, two if I feel I am coming down with a cold. As long as I do this regularly, I don’t get sick. Bonus? I have more energy, too, due to the B vitamins found in the supplement.
Vitamin C on its own won’t do anything to help you once you’re sick. You have to take it regularly before you come down with a cold.
Keep yourself healthy to make sure you can keep up with your work and life this winter season.