With the hustle and bustle of the holidays – parties, family functions, shopping, and increased stress – it’s easy to get sick. Not only do germs circulate better in the dry winter air, more time is spent indoors in close contact to people and the viruses they carry.

Thankfully, there are simple steps you can take to stay healthy during the holidays.

 

Wash Hands Frequently

Keeping hands clean is one of the best steps you can take to stay healthy and avoid spreading germs all season long. Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time including the backs of hands and beneath fingernails. Hand sanitizer is a fast, effective alternative for when you can’t get to a sink.

 

Less Stress, More Sleep

Tis the season for end-of-year reports, final exams, and party planning – a small list of stressful tasks that often lead to a lack of sleep around the holidays. Unfortunately, stress and sleep deprivation wreak havoc on your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to colds. Studies show at least 8 hours of sleep a night strengthens immunity and has the bonus effect of relieving stress levels.

 

Eat Healthy
Many of our delicious holiday favorites are filled with fats, sugars, and carbs that can compromise immune health, making it harder for your body to fight off germs. A healthy, balanced diet packed with nutrient rich fruits and veggies will give your body strong defense against colds.

 

With these tips you can enjoy the holidays while protecting yourself and your family from getting sick. Now that’s a reason for holiday cheer!