Wintertime means cold and flu season is here. As long as you take certain steps, you can keep yourself healthy! These four tips can help you avoid illness this cold and flu season.
1. Wash Your Hands; Carry Sanitizer
Wash your hands throughout the day to keep germs away. Always wash before touching food, before (and after) playing with your little one and after going to the bathroom. Carry hand sanitizer around with you, so you'll have a backup plan if the bathroom at work doesn't have soap. All that washing can dry out your skin, so switch to ultra-moisturizing hand soap at home.
2. Get Enough Sleep
Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours per sleep, but it's very common for adults to get less sleep than they need. Rearrange your schedule to ensure that you're getting the right amount of sleep every night. Sleep deprivation is associated with a weakened immune system. If you're not getting enough sleep, you could find yourself struggling with illnesses throughout the winter.
3. Avoid Touching Your Face With Your Hands
Your hands will get germs on them even if you're washing them a lot. Avoid touching your face to your hands to stop the spread of those germs.
4. Clean Frequently at Home
Disinfect surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom on a regular basis. Wash your sponges or dishrags on a daily basis. Use a cup of bleach mixed with a gallon of water to disinfect surfaces like your kitchen sink, counters and floor.
Clean the germ hot spots, such as your bathroom counters and sink, at least twice per week. Resolve to clean other parts of your house once per week.
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