Are you worried about catching a cold or flu because you don't have the time to be sick but aren't sure how to prevent it? Well here are 10 easy ways you can avoid getting sick when out and about.
1. Wash your hands properly
This is an obvious one but you'd be surprised at the number of people who don't wash their hands properly.
Simply wetting your hands is not cleaning them properly!
Your hands are constantly touching new things with different germs and bacteria on it so it's very important to keep them clean.
2. Keep hand sanitizer with you at all times
Sometimes washing your hands isn't a possibility so keep a small hand sanitizer with you for these occasions.
Always use some hand sanitizer after using public transport, the ATM and anything in public that lots of people have also used or touched.
3. Get the flu vaccine
The flu vaccine isn't just for young children or the elderly, it's available for everyone.
So if you really want to ensure you don't get sick then start getting the flu vaccine every year.
Yes, it's a bit of an effort but you'll thank yourself when you don't have to take 5 days off work cause you're so sick you can't get out of bed.
4. Don't touch your face
Everyone knows your hands are a haven for germs and bacteria so touching your face often is a great way to actually make yourself sick.
If you do have to touch your face please ensure your hands are clean first.
5. Make sure you're eating healthily
This should go without saying but having a balanced diet is an easy way to strengthen your immune system and ensure you don't get sick.
If you don't think you're getting enough vitamins and minerals then go to your doctor and they can help you figure out what supplements you should start taking.
6. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
Not covering your mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing is another way of spreading sickness.
So use a tissue or cough/sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands as this is more hygenic.
7. Don't share personal items
Never share your toothbrush or unwashed towels, cutlery or glasses with another person, even family members.
Just because you're family doesn't mean you can't make each other sick from sharing items like these.
8. Get enough rest
If you don't get enough sleep your body won't be operating at it's best meaning you're more susceptible to getting sick.
So make sleep a priority and ensure you're getting at least 7 hours a night.
9. Dress appropriately for the weather.
Yes, your Irish mammy is correct. If you dress like it's 20 degrees outside because it looks sunny even though it's only about 5 you are more likely to get sick.
Irish weather is very changeable so layering is your best friend when it comes to putting a cute but appropriate outfit together.
10. Stay active
Staying active and getting regular exercise is, of course, good for your overall health.
It helps reduce stress and increases the circulation of white blood cells which help fight the cold.