Flu season is upon us – you’ve probably noticed, over the last few weeks that many people are trying to ward off, battle and recover from viruses. Coming down with a virus this time of year is expected, inevitable even, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Getting sick at this time of the year causes a lot of missed days and make-up work, and it can add a lot of pressure and stress to those of us with busy schedules. Students are especially at risk of picking up a virus, and they are also more prone to feeling overwhelmed with the pressures of schoolwork and deadlines. For this reason, it’s particularly important for students to take measures to stay healthy and stress free throughout the flu season. To avoid colds and the flu, follow these guidelines:
1. Wash Hands – Keep germs, viruses, and bacteria at bay by washing your hands thoroughly and frequently. Also, keep your hands away from your face.
2. Sleep – Get as much sleep as you can. Rest often and try to stick to a regular sleep schedule.
3. Exercise- Stay healthy by exercising regularly. Even just 20-30 minutes of a day of moderate exercise can give your immune system a good boost.
4. Eat Healthy – Avoid fast foods and instead, make an effort to eat healthy, fresh foods. Vitamins and nutrients are a great defence against viruses and infections. If you’re out at a restaurant, try to stick with salads and grilled options, not fried.
5. Drink Fluids- Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to flush out your system.
6. Balance- Avoid excessive stress by finding a balance in your social, school and family commitments.
If you follow these tips, you may make it through the flu season without getting ill; however, keep in mind that you should stay home if you do come down with something. If you are contagious, you risk exposing other students, teachers and co-workers to the virus. Stay home and rest up.