The only thing worse than dealing with people around you getting sick, is when you get sick too. Kids can come home from school with colds. Spouses can catch the flu at work. Co-workers come to the office with coughs and running noses.
There are cold and flu germs everywhere! However there are some simple things you can do to be proactive about staying healthy.
Remaining healthy is important — obviously you don't want to get sick — but it is especially important to women who typically take care of the rest of the family.
Americans catch 1 billion colds per year so it is more than likely you will come in close contact with someone suffering from one. Getting a flu shot is something most doctors recommend for their patients and it's a bit of a no-brainer for anyone worried about getting sick.
Here are 10 other things you can do right now to not get sick, even if everyone around you is:
1) Wash your hands.
The number one way to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands. Wash your hands frequently with soap for 20 seconds throughout the day and especially after you have come in contact with people who are sick.
2) Don't share.
While your kids are sick, don't finish the half-eaten cookie they left on their plate. Don't take a sip from your spouse's coffee mug when he has a cold. Don't borrow your sick co-workers stapler.
Just don't share because you may be also sharing germs you don't want.
3) Don't touch your face.
It might be hard, but do your best to not touch your nose, eyes, or mouth to keep any germs you may have picked up from getting inside you.
4) Get enough sleep.
A good night's sleep can help raise your levels of melatonin which improves immunity. Plus, getting enough sleep can stave off that "run down" feeling that often precedes sickness.
5) Get rid of used tissues.
Don't let your loved ones stack up used tissues on the coffee table or bedside table. Once used they should be disposed of immediately. (And try to have the person who used the tissues dispose of them so you don't have to touch them.)