With Thanksgiving being over, we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas and with that, our holiday stress comes. If you haven’t been able to manage it lately- you’re not alone. Last week was hectic for all of us, with Back Friday sales and Thanksgiving, so this week is the one to de-stress. In case you still need some helpful tips and tricks, make sure to check out last week’s blog here.
Since we’ve been around a lot of people in the past few days, it won’t be surprising if some of us get sick soon. There’s nothing worse than blowing your nose constantly during your Christmas dinner or having to stay home and messing up your New Year’s Eve plans (unless they were to stay home, like us).
Although we may feel there’s not much we can do to avoid it, there are some simple steps we can take to skip the cold this winter.
1. Air it out
As we spend more and more time in our apartments, they may be the reason why we get sick so often. Heating and constant warm air can be a perfect space for viruses to grow and infect all members of the household.
How you can fix it: make sure to air out your apartment at least 2 times a day for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to change your linen more often and place your pillows and blankets outside for a few minutes a day. You’ll see the difference immediately and you’ll even sleep better!
2. Eat your veggies!
We all know the importance of eating healthy, but during the winter it is even more important to focus on a diet filled with fruits and vegetables. To make this easier, we compiled a list of 5 healthiest foods in the winter!
- Brussels Sprouts
While they are high in fiber and low in calories, brussels sprouts are filled with vitamins and minerals. Only half a cup contains 81% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C and 130% of Vitamin K.
- Red cabbage
While we sometimes boil it, red cabbage is one of the best salad ingredients you can choose during the winter. In case you haven’t tried it before, this is the right time as it is full of Vitamin C, B6 and has anti-inflammatory properties which are a perfect asset in preventing a cold.
Filled with vitamin A, K, and Zinc, it’s a perfect choice as it helps build your immunity! Combined with peanut butter or hummus, it serves as a yummy and healthy snack!
3. Focus on hygiene
When we were little, our loved ones always made sure to teach us to wash our hands when we get back home or before we eat. And they were right! You must’ve seen somebody in the subway sneezing into their palm and then touching the handle. Although we may not think about it a lot, public surfaces are like agar-fantastic conditions for germs.
Make sure to wash your hands once you get back home and use hand sanitizer if you’re touching public surfaces. In case you’re the sick one, they sneezing in a tissue or, in case you don’t have any nearby, your elbow.
4. Avoid sharing
No, we’re not talking about being generous during the holidays, but about accidentally sharing your towels, glass or a thermometer. Although we don’t really think a lot about it, it is one of the easiest ways for other family members to get sick. When you consider that most infections take a few days to become symptomatic, this simple step can prevent you from becoming sick.
5. Get your flu shot
Although this may be a controversial topic, doctors agree that you should get it, especially if you’re a part of any group with a higher risk (immunocompromised individuals, older people, and doctors/preschool teachers/nurses). It can protect you from a variety of viruses and ease your symptoms even if you get it. Better to be safe than sorry!