As the cooler weather starts to make an appearance, it is a reminder that many winter illnesses may begin to surface. Thankfully, there is still plenty of time for you to help your family develop smart habits that will keep you healthy and reduce your risk of a serious illness.
Here are just a few simple things you can do to reduce the risk of illness in your family this fall and winter season.
Wash Your Hands
The most effective way to keep germs at bay is to wash your hands consistently throughout the day. According to one study, kids who were taught proper handwashing techniques and washed three times a day missed 26% fewer school days than other students. These children also experienced 22% fewer illnesses than other students.
Keep in mind that for handwashing to be effective, it must be done properly. The five steps of handwashing include:
- Wet hands with warm running water and apply soap.
- Lather all surfaces of your hands including the back of your hands and in-between your fingers.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands with clean water.
- Dry your hands.
Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
While grabbing takeout at the nearest restaurant is a fast and convenient way to enjoy dinner each night, it isn’t the healthiest. You want to ensure your family is eating a well-balanced diet and receiving all the vitamins and minerals they need to stay healthy and strong.
In addition to eating a well-balanced diet, make sure your child is staying well hydrated throughout the day and is avoiding high-sugar beverages such as fruit juices and sodas.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Never underestimate the power of sleep. Even the slightest bit of sleep deprivation can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of getting sick. It also has many additional health consequences including:
- Affects your long-term and short-term memory
- Can make it difficult to think and concentrate
- Cause you to be extra moody and emotional
- Increases depression and anxiety symptoms
- Impacts your balance
Disinfect Surfaces Often
How often do you disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched in your Collingwood home? Viruses can live on surfaces for hours or even days. It is important that areas touched often throughout the day, such as counters, doorknobs, light switches, handles, etc., are sanitized often. Make sanitizing these high-touched areas in your home a part of your daily cleaning routine.
If you are sick or are experiencing symptoms, even mild symptoms, it is important that you stay home and away from other individuals. Coughing, sneezing, shaking hands, etc., are all simple ways to spread germs. When out in public, always remember to wear a facial covering and remain at least six feet apart from others.
By being proactive and keeping the above tips in mind, it is possible to reduce your risk of serious illnesses this year.