Sarah Blinco with five bug-beating tips for the season
We’re heading into winter which unfortunately means increased exposure to cold weather nasties. While being sick might be a good excuse for a marathon Netflix binge, none of us really wants to be stopped in our tracks by colds, flus, seasonal vomiting bugs, or worse! (and we KNOW there’s worse around this year).
Time to take responsibility for your health and that of those around you:
The art of hand washing
Fact: many of us don’t wash our hands properly. If nothing else, the Coronavirus pandemic has made us rethink the importance of such a simple act.
It’s one of the easiest ways to stop the spread of germs, so, start by using enough soap to cover the hands back and front. Wash hands for as long as it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice (inside your head, preferably). Don’t forget to wash within common bug hideouts including between fingers, around thumbs, under rings, watches and bracelets and under your nails.
Travelling or stuck on a commute? Carry a small bottle of antibacterial gel with you for extra protection.
Prevention is better than cure
When was the last time you had a check-up at the GP?
If you’re already feeling tired, stressed, run-down, book in for a preventative check. Small changes may be recommended that will make all the difference to your immunity and energy levels. Being deficient in nutrients or vitamins needed for optimum health can sometimes take you by surprise. Find out now, and tackle before winter.
This would also be a great time to discuss or schedule your flu jab, remembering your local pharmacist can advise on this as well as other ways to prevent or reduce cold and flu symptoms.
If you meet someone who has a cold or flu-like symptoms, be mindful of how you greet them and don’t accidentally pick up their pen or cup… you get the idea. Don’t touch your face – eyes, nose, mouth.
Keep surfaces like your own household kitchen benches, kids’ toys and door handles germ-free by using a disinfectant or antiseptic spray. Same goes for the workplace, keep your desk clean. Be sure to use clean and dry cloth or paper towels – wet rags harbour germs.
Sneezing or coughing yourself? Cover your mouth or consider wearing a mask. And throw away those tissues, no hoarding!
It’s the things our parents told us about but that we continue to ‘forget’: sleep your eight hours a day, eat plenty of fresh fruit and veg, calm down on the booze (try different flavoured teas instead), drink plenty of water, and stop over committing to too many events or catch-ups. We’re talking self-care people! Take are of yourself in the same way you advise loved ones to.
Sick? Stay home!
Forget about your guilt and call in sick. This goes for during a pandemic and post-pandemic!
Gone are the days where we’re expected to drag into work when unwell. This will only inhibit you from recovering swiftly, and chances are you’ll spread germs to colleagues. From a boss’ perspective, this means productivity is lowered dramatically. So, do yourself and everyone else a favour and rest!