Togetherness and good cheer are delights of the holiday season – but they also make it a little harder to stay healthy. When it’s cold outside we all spend more time indoors, which means any germs we’re carrying around have extra opportunities to mingle.
Of course, getting your flu shot is a great start to any stay-healthy strategy. Use this Flu Vaccine Finder tool to find one close to home, and send a flu shot reminder e-card along to your friends and family.
With that checked off your to-do list, follow these tips to have a happy, healthy holiday:
- Do it in your sleeve. When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve or the inside of your jacket. You’ll keep any germs you might be carrying to yourself and they can’t live as long on your clothes as they do on your hands.
- Wash your hands. Do it every time you use the restroom, after blowing your nose, before eating and often while you’re cooking (or baking).
- Use the air kiss. It feels so very high-brow and pretentious, but it’s also a great way to show your affection without giving or exposing yourself to the gift of germs.
- Personalize your party cups. It can be as simple as writing your name on a plastic cup or as elegant as adding a charm to your wine glass. In any case, be sure you know you have the right beverage – or you might be sipping yourself sick.
- Carry hand sanitizer. Having it in your purse, pocket, or attached to your key ring will make it convenient to wash your hands on the go.
- Get some sleep. It’s easy to burn the candle at both ends this time of year as add holiday celebrations to our normal routines. Getting adequate rest will keep your immune system strong so you can fight off infection.
If you do get sick this holiday season, stay home, treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medication and get plenty of rest. Call your doctor if your symptoms are severe or you don’t feel better after a few days.