Minding Your Hygiene in the Winter Keeps You Healthier
Wintertime means cold and flu season, and sometimes being sick with a cold or the flu can incapacitate you for days if not weeks. Getting the flu can also mean vomiting which in turn can damage your stomach and esophagus and rob you of vital nutrients, making you weaker. While there are medicines you can take if and when you get a cold or the flu, it’s best to do whatever you can to avoid these sicknesses in the first place.
Your hygiene can help to keep you safe and healthy during cold and flu season, as germs and bacteria can weaken your immune system, and viruses can be passed through human contact. If you don’t keep yourself clean or mind your hygiene, you’re at a greater risk for illness. If you aren’t careful of surfaces you touch and of protecting yourself against viruses, you may also have a greater risk for colds and flu.
Washing your hands regularly is vital for protecting yourself during cold and flu season. Everything you touch has germs on it, and these germs are communicated through the skin. While some germs are perfectly harmless and your body’s immune system can keep you safe, failure to wash your hands regularly means an increase in the risk of germs that cause colds and flu. Be sure you wash your hands before eating and during wintertime, make it a point to wash them once or twice throughout the day.
Hand sanitizers are also good to use throughout the day during cold and flu season. You may not be able to wash your hands as often as you would like, so carrying some hand sanitizer with you can keep you germ-free. If you come into contact with others regularly throughout the cold and flu season, such as shaking hands with colleagues, use your hand sanitizer regularly.
Keeping surfaces clean can also help you to stay germ-free during cold and flu season. Don’t overdo it with sanitary sprays and wipes, but be more mindful of how well you clean during the wintertime. If a child is sick, be sure you give them a trash bin for their dirty tissues rather than allowing them to collect by their bedside and having to clean them up yourself. Wipe down door handles and desks and computer keyboards, especially if you share your computer with others at the office.
Being mindful of your hygiene also means minding where you put your hands during the wintertime. If you have a runny nose, be sure you never touch it with your hands but always use tissue. When you feel a sneeze coming on, sneeze into a tissue rather than your hands and always wash afterwards. Avoid touching your eyes as this can transfer bacteria and germs to your eyes. This will keep you healthier during the wintertime.