Flu Season: Health Tips

2020 sure has had its fair share of challenges and now flu season is upon us.  As human beings we do not have control over everything going on around us, but there are many ways to increase your chances of staying well.  Keeping your mental and physical health in check is easier than you might think!

Boost your immune system.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day and eat nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats.  In season foods that are great choices include beets, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, kale, pumpkin, broths, squash, and dark leafy greens.  Add these to your meals or to smoothies.

 Sleep

This is top of the list.  Sleeping at least 7 hours a night where you go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time is ideal.  Sleep has a major impact on your mood, mental health and physical health; do not skip out on sleep.

Take time for yourself.

Autumn and winter months are Earth’s way of telling us to slow down.  Find what truly bring you joy and take time to focus on that.  Maybe that’s getting lost in a good book or making sure your house is organized for peace of mind.

Get a flu shot and wash your hands as much as possible.

Self-explanatory.  No one likes sniffling, aching, sneezing and coughing getting in the way of their life.

Stay active!

This does not mean run a marathon; it simply means get up and walk around throughout the day.  Raking leaves and shoveling snow counts.

Be prepared.

In case of extreme weather conditions, have canned foods on hand, flashlights with working batteries, be sure your heat is working properly, and you have a way to remove snow when needed.

Be good to yourself.

Winter months are dry so be sure to moisturize your skin.  You should also consider taking Vitamin D with your doctor’s approval; intake decreases this time of year.  Be sure to wear appropriate attire when outdoors; gloves, hat, coat, and boots.

Resource: activeminds.org