5 Ways to Not Get Sick During Weather Changes
I don't know about where you live, but living in the northeast means that March can be a mix of Winter and Spring - sometimes within the same day. Unfortunately, with these extreme weather changes, it is hard to not get sick. Crazy enough, during February, we experienced some major heat waves, with temperatures reaching into the mid to high 70's. It was after this heat wave that I decided it was time to figure out how I was going to avoid getting sick. Read on for my methods and how they can help you!
- Get Enough Sleep - This one may seem obvious and that is why I am putting it at number one. The recommended amount of sleep per night is 7-9 hours depending on your age and activity level. Now, I would like you to stop reading this post for a second and go through the last five days - how much sleep did you get per night?
- Vitamin C - I live by Emergen-C - it is basically vitamin C powder that you can mix with water. I drink the Citrus flavored Immune+ powder three times a day - I am sure to take it with every meal. Not only does it taste like lemonade, but it provides my body with nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc and a proprietary complex with beta-glucans and arabinogalactans.
- Wash your Hands - I know that, for me, this is a big one - and it has been ever since I went on my first cruise. When you are on a cruise you very quickly become aware as to how quickly germs can spread - if one guest gets sick, there is a very good chance that a few will follow. That is why cruise ships have hand sanitizer stations by every eatery and in most public areas. So whether you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, be sure to do it before and after every meal. You can also take it one step further and once a day you can clean off your work station at work as well.
- Dress Appropriately - During the constant weather changes this will probably be the most difficult tip I give you. It will require you to constantly check the weather to ensure that you dress appropriately for that day's chosen weather. If it is going to be chilly in the morning and warmer in the afternoon, dress in layers. It is not healthy to be too cold or too warm - so always be prepared. I use the Weather Channel app on my phone and it never lets me down.
- Eat Well - This tip can certainly be relative for some, but it is still so true. Make sure that your meals are balanced and you leave out as much fried and processed food as possible. Drinking alcohol is also something that you should watch - alcohol suppresses your immune system, so a few drinks at dinner won't hurt you, but try to keep it at that. Alcohol also affects your sleep negatively. You may fall asleep more quickly, but you aren't getting your best sleep if it is influenced by alcohol.
I have been following these five tips for the last several weeks and so far I have not gotten sick. *knocks on wood* Getting sick is sometimes out of your control, as you have no idea who you are going to stand next to on the train or the line at the supermarket, but you can definitely do your best to avoid getting sick. This is not a full proof plan, but it is certainly a plan that will help! Happy March!