Now, more than ever, it’s extremely important that all of us take care of ourselves. It’s not only a good idea for us, but also for other people that we come into contact with.
Now is also a good time to learn about the things we can do to stay as healthy as possible.
Here are 10 daily habits of people who rarely get sick.
Try to practice these tips every day moving forward! Let’s all stay healthy out there!
1. Press elevator buttons with your elbow.
It might seem like a small one, but this is important. Try to do this with all surfaces that many other people touch.
If you can’t use your elbow to do things, use a paper towel.
Better safe than sorry!
2. Drink a lot of water.
Many of us are guilty of not drinking enough water every day. Staying hydrated helps flush your system of germs that could potentially make you sick.
Family medicine physician Renee Miranda of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centers ays this is how much water you should drink:
“Take your weight in pounds, divide in half, and this is approximately how many ounces of water you need a day.
For example, someone who is 150 pounds needs about 75 ounces of water a day.”
And there you have it.
3. Sleep is good.
Believe it or not, your immune system suffers when you don’t get enough sleep.
Getting those zzzzzzzs allows you to rejuvenate and recuperate.
Shoot for at least 6 or 8 hours of sleep per night.
4. Clean it up.
It’s important to disinfect your phone AND your keys, especially right now. Your phone screen is picking up germs all over the place and then you’re putting that screen up to your face when you make calls.
Your dirty phone surface is also transferring germs to your keys, your computer, etc.
Use bleach-free disinfecting wipes to clean your items. Trust me, this is a good idea.
5. GET YOUR FLU SHOT.
A lot of people still don’t get a yearly flu shot, even though health professionals say it’s the single most important barrier between you and that nasty flu.
You can still get sick if you get a flu shot, but you’ll have milder symptoms.
6. It’s good for the soul.
Not that it’s news to many of us, but stress is not good for our immune systems. That’s why it’s important to take some time out of your day to practice yoga or meditation (or both).
Yoga and meditation really are good for your soul and both help you relieve stress and calm down.
7. The Big Z.
I’m talking about Zinc. Although study results haven’t been conclusive, one study shows that people who took zinc in the first 24 hours of having a cold had those nasty colds for shorter durations.
If you do take zinc, use a lozenge or a syrup so the zinc stays in your throat where it can help fight a cold or virus.
8. The great outdoors.
It’s incredibly important to GET OUTSIDE. I know most of us are holed up in our houses or apartments right now, but you can still take a walk around the neighborhood or go for a jog.
Or maybe you’d rather go for a bike ride. The point is, we’re all so attached to our computers for work that it’s making a lot of us unhealthy.
So get outside, get some exercise, and breathe in the fresh air!
9. Make it hot.
Research shows that drinking HOT drinks can be beneficial to your health. It can help reduce sinus problems by improving mucus flow through your nasal passages.
Try some hot tea, or some warm water with any of these things added to it: cinnamon sticks, organic lemon juice with honey, or just raw honey by itself.
10. Take care of that nose.
I feel like most people don’t do this, but it’s important to flush out your nose with a pure saline wash. You can do this with a neti pot or any of the other contraptions that are sold at pharmacies and grocery stores.
This is important because the germs that cause many infections and viruses are airborne.
Now go forth and be as healthy as possible!