Preventing Illness During the Winter Months
Illnesses are very common during the winter months. The cooler weather causes people to spend more of their time indoors, allowing viruses to spread more easily. Plus, the cold, dry air can make them even worse. With many suffering from respiratory infections, colds, the flu, and more, it is important to know how to maintain your health throughout the winter months. The Breathe Clear Institute shares some helpful tips below!
Wash Your Hands Frequently
We’re sure you have heard this many times before, but that’s because it’s so important. Washing your hands with soap and water removes any germs that may be present due to touching contaminated objects. If not properly washed, these germs can then spread to other people, causing them to get sick.
Avoid Touching Your Face
Without realizing it, you most likely touch your face multiple times a day. Whether you’re moving your hair away from your face or simply resting your hands, you’re spreading germs from your hands that can come in contact with your nose, mouth, and eyes. If for some reason you need to touch your face, wash your hands thoroughly beforehand.
Get Adequate Sleep
Giving your body enough sleep is essential to staying healthy, as sleep deprivation can greatly affect your immune system. To do this, you should establish and maintain a sleep schedule. Make sure to avoid consuming caffeine or alcohol before going to bed. We also recommend limiting screen time.
Boost Your Immune System
Having a strong immune system is essential during months like these. When you re-encounter germs that are the same or similar to those that have gotten you sick in the past, a strong immune system responds faster and more effectively. This means you’ll recover faster, and possibly avoid sickness all together! You’ll need to give your immune system all the things it needs to effectively fight germs though. Some ways to boost your immune system include consuming foods high in vitamins and nutrients, exercising, practicing good hygiene, and getting enough rest.
Stress is a normal part of life, and it’s possible to have a healthy amount of stress. However, chronic stress results in an overworked sympathetic nervous system, and your body will suffer the consequences. To better manage and or eliminate your stress, we recommend participating in meditation, exercising, eating healthy, as well as practicing mindfulness. With lower stress levels, you are less likely to become sick.
Contact Breathe Clear Institute
If you have been suffering from a sinus, ear, or throat condition and feel as though it’s worsening, it’s important to schedule an appointment with an ENT right away. The team of medical professionals at Breathe Clear Institute will get to the root of your problem and recommend a treatment plan that is best suited for you. Call us today to get the much needed relief that you deserve.