2022 may be the first holiday season where many of us feel comfortable returning to a somewhat “normal” celebration after the pandemic, and while this time of year is full of fun events, great food, and cherished memories, it can also be a time of additional stress, unhealthy habits, and germs!
Whether you’re getting on a plane to visit family for the holidays or planning to host a large gathering this December, chances are that you will be surrounded by groups of people throughout the month, and with the flu, COVID-19, and RSV remaining prevalent, it’s important to keep yourself safe from germs.
Check out our seven tips for staying a little healthier during the holidays below:
Hygiene Essentials: Washing Our Hands
Research shows that washing our hands does wonders for keeping us healthy (thank you, germ theory)! Remember to wash your hands often, especially before eating to help prevent the spread of disease. Wash your hands with warm, running water and soap for about 20 seconds or more – and be sure to help the little ones around you do the same! They are great at putting their hands on everything!
Stay Warm With Outdoor Clothing
Throughout the country, snowfall and rain are common causes of cold weather breathing issues, with the weather becoming quite cold at this time of the year. Make it a point to bundle up with appropriate outdoor clothing and stay warm and dry! Outdoor clothing can range from simple, lightweight layers for mild weather to heavy-duty gear designed for extreme cold or harsh conditions.
Managing Stress to Avoid Getting Sick
This is a very stressful time of year – so please give yourself a break if you are feeling overwhelmed. Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep. Additional stress in your life can lower your immune system and increase your likelihood of becoming ill so be sure to find ways to unwind to avoid getting sick.
Protecting Your Health with Vaccinations
Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. Vaccinations have proven to be highly effective in preventing the spread of many infectious diseases, such as smallpox, polio, and measles.
It’s not only protect individuals who receive them but also help to create herd immunity, which means that enough people are vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease within a population.
Eating Healthy and Keep Exercising
Stay active and make sure you keep up with your fruits and vegetables. Eating healthier snacks and drink juices that pack nutrients will help lower the risk for certain diseases. You may not feel like going outside in the cold and going for a jog, but getting in a little movement will do you wonders. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise a day and keep the doctor away!
Responsible Actions When Feeling Sick
Feeling under the weather? Stay home! If you are displaying symptoms such as a cough, or fever, or are just feeling plain sick, take care and stay home from school or work. Always cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and keep your tissues handy!
This practice can help prevent the spread of contagious diseases, such as COVID-19, and protect the health of others. By staying home, individuals can rest, recover, and seek medical attention if necessary, while minimizing the risk of infecting others in the community.
AirTamer: Your Personal Air Purifier
Bring your AirTamer along! AirTamer has been the world’s best-selling, most effective personal air purifier since 2004, and you can count on AirTamer to help you stay healthier in a more mobile world filled with a variety of airborne pollutants and hazards. AirTamer is the perfect on-the-go companion to bring along wherever you go – be it to the office, grocery store, or your company holiday party.
With these simple tips and tricks, we hope that you will make your health a priority and be able to enjoy the holidays with your loved ones. Be sure to take a few extra precautions in the week leading up to any large group event, and before getting together, check in with your loved ones to make sure that no one has a cough or fever, or other nasty symptoms!
Wishing you joyful celebrations and happy holidays from all of us at AirTamer!