It’s that time of year. The weather is getting colder, people are back to school and their hectic routines. Of course it is the time of year when you see the odd people sniffling, coughing, sneezing etc. Then suddenly, you see that odd number double, triple. Before you know it, it seems like everyone around you is sick! This isn’t fantasy, it’s reality. A couple of weeks ago, I had a student come to class with a nasty cold. I told him he shouldn’t have come to class, but he insisted that he had never missed a day of school. Two days later, three other students caught his cold. I was fortunate to escape unscathed.
It seems impossible to avoid catching a cold, but actually you can. How? Try following these tips:
- Wash your hands. Seems redundant, but one of the most common ways people catch colds because they don’t frequently wash their hands. You should definitely make washing hands a habit if you work in an office or a school. A good thing to do is carry some hand sanitizer with you.
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth. This is where the germs enter. If you must touch them, wash your hands first, or use sanitizer if you can’t get to a washroom.
- Start taking daily vitamins. Fish oils, B-6 and Magnesium are great ideas. Take two of each everyday and soon you’ll see the difference. I’ve taking these everyday for fourteen years now. Works for me – I haven’t been sick for nearly a year now.
- Eat healthy foods. Soup, apples, anything rich with vitamins will do.
- Beauty rest. Seven to eight hours is ideal. When you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system weakens, thus leaving you prone to viruses.
So stay healthy, and hopefully you won’t be calling in sick this season.