Your Guide to Avoiding Winter Illnesses

Your Guide to Avoiding Winter Illnesses

Your Guide to Avoiding Winter Illnesses

Over the course of one year, 1 billion Americans will suffer from the common cold, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also reports that winter is peak cold season. This should come as no surprise when you think about how many people you see sneezing and coughing during the colder months. Fortunately, you can keep these illnesses at bay and stay healthy with a little effort. Here's how:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay away from others when you feel under the weather.
  • Wash your hands often using soap and warm water to protect against germs.
  • Get plenty of sleep, stay physically active and drink plenty of water to keep your immune system strong.
  • Manage your stress and eat a nutritious diet rich in healthy grains, fruits, vegetables and fiber.
  • Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands aren't clean.

Fast Facts About the Common Cold

  • Adults usually get 2-4 colds every year, while children can get as many as 5-10 annually.
  • Over 200 different viruses can cause the common cold.

3 Tips to Beat the Post-holiday Blues

If you feel worn out or down after the holidays, you're not alone. After the hustle and bustle of the holiday parties, traditions, presents and meals subside, many Americans experience post-holiday blues.

Try these three simple tips to overcome your post-holiday blues:

  1. Hit the gym--Exercising causes your body to release endorphins, which can help you feel more positive.
  2. Be mindful--Focusing on being in the here and now can help you avoid dwelling on the fact that the holidays are over.
  3. Give back--Helping others is proven to improve your mood.

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