The winter months are approaching, and the recent cold snap caught most of the country off guard. As the days get colder and darker, we’re more susceptible to illnesses, and being in close proximity with one another increase the chances of spreading illness. Taking small steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle goes a long way to keeping illness at bay this winter. Below are some examples of how you can do this:
It seems simple (and perhaps even obvious) but this is one of the easiest and most effective ways to avoid germs and illnesses that you might come into contact with. Wash your hands multiple times a day; after going to the toilet, before eating food, and whenever you handle someone else’s keyboard and phone.
Get Vaccinated against Influenza
Flu shots vaccinate against the 4 most common strains of influenza that’s circulating each season. The flu can be deadly, and vaccinating not only protects yourself but those around you who you could unwittingly pass the flu onto. You can book an onsite vaccination for your workplace with TriEx, or we can issue your team with Flu Vouchers. You can learn more about our Flu programme here.
Regular exercise during the winter months can be a struggle, especially on frosty mornings and cold, dark evenings. But during the winter your body has to work harder to get warm, so you’ll burn more calories by exercising in the cold. Regular exercise has also been proven to improve mental health, so you can keep those winter blues at bay.
A poor diet can impact your immune system, so continuing to eat well is important during the winter months. Eat fewer takeaways and more whole foods and home cooked meals.
Dose up on Vitamins and Minerals
Iron, Zinc and Vitamin C are all important for a healthy immune system. You don’t have to take supplements, as you can easily get these substances through your dietary intake. Look for dark, leafy greens and red and yellow vegetables.
It’s important to drink plenty or water, at least 8 glasses a day is recommended. If it’s particularly cold, try hot water with lemon to re-hydrate.
People who are run down are far more likely to become sick, so make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep each night and you’re well rested.
Smokers are far more susceptible to upper respiratory infections, especially during the winter. Even if you’re a social smoker, quitting will help clear your airways and reduce your risk of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.
Clean up winter mould
Mould can trigger nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, respiratory infections and worsen asthma and allergic conditions. So move your spring clean forward to autumn.