By Jared Hart
It’s that time of the year again when the weather get cold, people snuggle up indoors and the flu is in full swing. College campuses can be easy places to contact the flu; being in large lecture classes with many people tightly packed together increases your chances of getting sick. Although getting the flu shot is the first step to preventing the flu this year, there are other precautions you can take against getting the flu. Here are some tips on how to avoid the flu this season while also making the season safer for others:
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and avoid touching your face after sneezing or shaking someone else’s hand. Scratching your nose or touching your lips are easy gateways for the flu virus to enter your body. You don’t have to whip out the hand sanitizer every 5 minutes, but make sure to wash your hands after using the bathroom and before and after eating.
Sleep is vital to keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Not getting enough sleep can alter your body’s ability to fight an infection. Aim to get at least 7-8 hours a sleep. Having a sound sleeping routine is an excellent tool to make sure you get enough.
Doing any form of physical activity whether it be a sport or at the gym is vital to maintaining a healthy immune system. Exercising regularly increases your body’s white blood cells ability to deal with foreign agents that enter your body. Don’t be afraid to get some fresh air outside even when it’s cold as staying indoors close to other people can increase your chances of getting sick.
Eat plenty of fresh fruits of vegetables as they have many properties that prevent you from getting ill. Drinking too much alcohol can also increase your chance of getting sick as it suppresses the immune system’s ability to fight infection. Be sure to also drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.
Having a good mental attitude is directly related to your physical well-being. Go out with your friends and family or travel during the holidays, but make sure to always stay in good spirits.
Taking these tips into account will go a long way in helping you avoid getting the dreadful flu this season.