The holidays are a great time to get together with the ones that you love. You can catch up on your busy lives, enjoy a meal together and exchange gifts. What you don’t want to exchange with your loved ones is germs. A cold, virus or flu can sideline you very quickly, preventing you from enjoying the rest of the holiday season. Luckily, there are some simple but still very effective ways that you can protect your family from getting sick this holiday season.
Keep Your Distance
It might not be something you want to do, but if you get wind that someone at your gathering is not feeling well or has been sick recently, you are going to want to keep your distance from them. They may just have a lingering cough and swear that they are no longer contagious. However, there are many illnesses that can still be contagious even after the major symptoms have passed. For instance, hand foot mouth disease is highly contagious and is thought to be so even after the fever is gone. Sores in the mouth can still remain and pass the disease on to others without the other person even being aware of the issue.
There are plenty of holiday treats that you can nosh on during the holidays but make sure you’re still eating healthy and getting all of the vitamins and nutrients that you need. Daily doses of vitamin C and vitamin D can be very beneficial when it comes to boosting the immune system. You can get these vitamins from fruits and vegetables but if you’re diet is lacking a bit, a high quality supplement will work as well. High amounts of sugar can bring down the function of your immune system so keep those cookies to a minimum.
Get Enough Rest
There’s plenty to do throughout the holiday season whether you are shopping, cooking, cleaning, visiting or traveling. If you run yourself down this will harm your body and prevent your immune system from fighting and infection if you come into contact with one. Shoot for eight hours each night, even if that means that you need to head to be a little early or leave a party a little early.
Wash Hands Frequently
Especially if you are away from the home and coming into contact with a lot of other people and items, washing your hands is very important. Soap and warm water is plenty effective but make sure to scrub before you eat or touch your face. It is even more important to be diligent with your children since they often touch objects and then put their hands directly into their mouths.
When you head to the busy stores to do your shopping, you can’t really control who you are coming into contact with during your outing. You also don’t know what surfaces germs may be present on. This may be a good year to stay home, put your feet up and shop online in your pajamas for all of your holiday gifts. Sometimes you can even get better deals by shopping online.
Nobody likes getting sick and for some people, getting sick can be a big ordeal. Some people have suppressed immune systems and some people have small infants at home. Protecting you and your family from getting sick this holiday season is beneficial to your health but it will also ensure that you are able to enjoy you holidays without being curled up on the couch with a box of tissues and a hot cup of tea.