This is the question we all want the answer to! Staying healthy at this time of year is crucial so you don’t have to miss out on the fun family events, holiday traditions and quality time spent with your loved ones.
However, with all of the different infections and illnesses circulating around, it can sometimes be hard to do. We want you to stay as healthy as possible this year, so taking care of yourself is key to your wellness.
Our AFC Urgent Care Ballantyne team explains more about staying healthy at this time of year below, so read on to learn some helpful holiday health tips.
How Can I Avoid the Flu and COVID-19?
Like with any illness, taking care of your body and prioritizing your wellness will help you stay as healthy as possible. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, are staying out too late eating unhealthy food or are not getting the exercise you need, your immune system could get run down and you can become more easily susceptible to illness.
Wash your hands often with warm water and soap, get any vaccines that you are eligible for, and prioritize sleep. Aim for between seven and nine hours of sleep every night, and practice a calming bedtime routine to help you wind down. You should also be mindful of how much time you spend in large groups, especially if you know people that aren’t feeling well will be there. All of this works together to support your immune system to help you ward off illness more effectively.
Additional Health Tips for the Season
- Bundle up when it is cold outside.
- Get your flu vaccine.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Wear your seatbelt while traveling.
Can I Avoid Infections Like Listeria or Salmonella?
One of the more common categories of illness that can take hold during this time of year is foodborne illnesses. It doesn’t matter if you are a pro in the kitchen who has been making Thanksgiving dinner for years or if this is your first chance at hosting a party, bacteria can infiltrate your meals if you are not being careful.
Prepare any meat to its recommended temperature, and serve your meal quickly after everything is ready. Once everyone is done eating, store leftovers safely and promptly, and toss any perishable food items that were sitting out for two hours or longer. A good rule of thumb is if the dish started out warm but is now cold or if it started cold but is now warm, it’s time to toss it out.
Additional Ways to Stay Safe
- Use designated cutting boards for raw meat and produce.
- Wash hands before handling food.
- Don’t cook for others when you aren’t feeling well.
- Understand specific allergies or dietary restrictions for those attending your party.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday season! Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Ballantyne if you aren’t feeling well.