Healthy Habits in Crowded Spaces
While it can sometimes be nice to imagine being able to move through our daily lives - or those well-deserved vacations - with a minimum of human interaction, the reality is that there are LOTS of us. It is a rare thing to find a space not packed with your fellow human beings unless you are far off the beaten path.
And we're seething with germs. So how do you stay healthy in the midst of all of the daily interactions with your fellow man? We've got a few tips that can help during the early back-to-school days, when you're traveling, during the holidays, and just for your day-to-day
1 - Start with a healthy diet.
- When your body is getting all the nutrients it needs then it's stronger and can more easily fight off simple infections.
- Make sure that you are enjoying a healthy, balanced diet with regular exercise.
- Adding in a daily shot of Fire Cider certainly helps!
2- Limit your contact.
- Don't grab those door handles or railings
- Unless you need to steady yourself on the stairs avoid grabbing the railings.
- Use automatic doors, or if you time it just right, you can pass through a door that someone else may be kind enough to open for you.
- In a pinch, put your hands in your pockets it will help to remind you not to touch the surrounding surfaces.
- Don't touch your face.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you've washed your hands.
- Keep a small bottle of antibacterial gel handy for when there's just no way to wash your hands, but remember that it's no substitute for good old soap and water!
- Bring what you need from home. Pack a lunch and bring a water bottle. Then you don't have to worry about handling money or pushing the buttons on a vending machine!
3 - Don't spread the germs.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, turn your head into your shoulder or the crook of your elbow - DON'T use your hands!
- Not only do you want to avoid getting those germs all over your hands (which makes them easier to spread to others), you want to avoid introducing new germs that might be on your hands to that sensitive eye/nose/mouth area!
4 - Get the rest you need.
- Making sure that you get a solid night of sleep is so important for the healthy functioning of your body.
- Don't ignore getting the rest you need. A 20-minute power nap at lunch can mean the difference between making it through the day and being too run down to fight off the next passing germ.
There's no guaranteed way to avoid picking up a germ here or there (unless you take up life as a hermit) but staying on top of a healthy lifestyle and being mindful of your exposure will go a long way to keeping you hale and hearty!