Tips for Staying Healthy During Cold Season

Catching a cold can really slow you down and make it difficult to carry out routine tasks such as school or work. Cold season is defined as the period from late August to April when people are more likely to catch a cold. Nobody likes to get sick, so follow these tips to lower your chances of catching a cold.

Washing your hands is a tip you already know, but it doesn’t hurt to remind yourself. Wash your hands after you blow your nose, sneeze, cough, or if you have been near people who are ill. Even if not, be sure to wash your hands on a regular basis all year long, but especially during cold season.

· Do your best to avoid touching your face including your eyes, nose, and mouth.

· Be sure to get enough sleep so you don’t feel run down. Eight hours a night is recommended.

· Take steps to reduce stress in your life if possible.

· Avoid sharing objects with others including food or drinks, even if they appear healthy.

· Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw them away immediately.

· Eat a healthy diet including citrus fruits full of vitamin C and get exercise regularly.

· Stay home from school or work if you get sick so you don’t spread it to others.

· Use hand sanitizer in places you can’t wash your hands such as in your car.

· If you feel a cold coming on take plenty of zinc and other vitamins.

Even if you go to school online, it can be difficult to get much done when you’re feeling sick. Taking good care of yourself is important, but sometimes you can’t avoid catching a cold. Be sure to communicate with your professor if you are too sick to get something done because they may be able to work with you.