Whenever the seasons change, everyone braces for that “inevitable” seasonal cold. Whether it’s a common cold or the full-blown flu, you may feel as though you are bound to become sick every winter. As we age, it becomes more imperative to take extra precautions with our physical and mental health. Here are some simple steps you can take to help reduce your chances of feeling under the weather this winter season:
- Wash Your Hands Often
This is the most simple and effective way to prevent the common cold, yet many people still neglect to do it. With all of the holiday traveling, gift exchanges, hugging, and attending parties – germs are bound to be spread. Thoroughly washing your hands several times a day with hot water is the best way to prevent the spread of germs.
- Eat Foods High in Vitamin C and Antioxidants
It’s no secret that Vitamin C has numerous benefits that can help boost your immune system. Some foods high in Vitamin C are: leafy greens, bell peppers, oranges, tomatoes, and papayas. You can also drink herbal teas with antioxidants to prevent or treat colds. Ginger tea has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which is ideal for treating the flu. Lemon tea is also high in vitamin C and can help you build resistance to colds! Peppermint tea is a delicious hot beverage to sip on in the winter time, and also has numerous health benefits such as: fighting sinus, soothing upset stomachs, and has even been shown to improve brain function to make you more mentally alert!
- Get Enough Sleep
Doctors recommended 8 hours a night to have your body in optimal health conditions. Sleep deprivation lowers our immune system and significantly reduces our body’s ability to fight off sickness. If you experience trouble falling asleep, read tips for a better night’s sleep here.
- Reduce Stress
Too much of the stress hormone released in our bodies can hinder our immune system. Staying properly hydrated by drinking enough water is also essential for balancing stress and fighting colds. You can find enjoyable ways to let out stress such as a relaxing hobby, downtime, and taking deep breaths. Rittenhouse Village's Dimensions Wellness program offers yoga classes and many other techniques designed to help rejuvenate your body and clear your mind.
These are just a few simple steps you can take to help prevent the flu this winter. Don’t forget to attend regular appointments with your physician as well! At Rittenhouse Village the physical and medical wellness of our residents is a top priority for us. Our comprehensive wellness program offers a variety of classes as well as regular checkups to help keep your mind and body healthy.