Staying Healthy during Flu Season

Daniella Cressman
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With the flu season swiftly approaching and COVID-19 wreaking havoc, it’s essential to make sure you don’t compromise your immune system. Exercising, eating well, and getting enough sleep will help you stay healthy during this intense time!

It can be difficult to stay motivated during right now, but you can do this! If you are struggling to get out of bed in the morning or you really don’t feel like going to work, listen to inspiring speeches to get yourself into a productive mood.

1. GET ENOUGH SLEEP

We have all experienced burnout when we neglect our sleep schedule by pulling all-nighters or staying up too late to finish a project. You don’t want to go there: Your health comes first!

Make sure that you’re getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. This will help you feel much better.

The ideal number depends on your age. According to the National Sleep Foundation, you will require slightly more sleep if you’re younger and slightly less if you’re older.

2. EXERCISE

You’ll want to do at least thirty minutes of aerobic exercise three times per week. You could walk, run, jog, dance, bicycle, or climb! Just make sure you pick an activity or two that you absolutely love so that you can stay consistent.

For optimal fitness, add strength-training to your routine! The combination of cardiovascular exercise and weight-lifting will help you build muscle and increase your endurance levels!

3. MEDITATE

Meditation is a great way to stay mentally fit, and you’ll be able to sharpen your mind by practicing it for a minimum of only five minutes per day! Remember that consistency is key: It’s better to practice meditation for five minutes each day than it is to engage in it for three hours once per week.

Many recommend engaging in two twenty-minute sessions per day. You don’t have to be Buddhist or create a shrine — unless you want to of course — you can simply time your breaths and observe your thoughts as you sit still for timed practice periods each day.

4. DO YOGA

Yoga is wonderful for both the mind and the body. Engaging in this wonderful practice two to three times per week will help you feel so much better! There are many varieties that you might want to practice, including restorative and kundalini.

5. WASH YOUR HANDS

These days, it’s more important than ever to consistently wash your hands! You should do this for a minimum of twenty seconds.

6. STAY HOME WHEN YOU’RE SICK

This is essential right now: If your immune system feels compromised and you have a bit of a cough, stay home and rest. Allow your body to heal before you start pounding the pavement again!

7. REDUCE STRESS LEVELS

There are many ways to reduce your stress levels, including journaling, practicing gratitude, and taking nature walks.

JOURNALING

Journal every day for twenty minutes. This will help you make sense of everything you’re thinking and be better able to cope with the state of the world.

PRACTICING GRATITUDE

Research has shown that gratitude can significantly decrease anxiety. It can help us in many negative situations: Getting a glimpse of the silver lining can make it seem like the sky in your mental world looks a bit more blue and the sun shines a bit more brightly.

There are many ways to practice gratitude: Keep a journal of everything you’re thankful for daily, maintain a tidy environment at home, and cherish every last morsel of your food. All of these habits will help you feel centered, relaxed, and deeply appreciative for what you have.

NATURE WALKS

It’s important to connect with the natural world, no matter where you are located. Always wear a face mask and maintain social distance, but be sure to get out of the house occasionally in order to maintain your mental health.

TAKE A HOT, EPSOM SALT BATH

This is a wonderful way to detoxify your body and unwind from a long day of work. This will help you feel so much better, especially if you light a candle and sip on some lavender tea for good measure. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for ultimate relaxation.

8. STAY HYDRATED

It’s important to drink enough water for so many reasons: It prevents dry mouth, promotes cardiovascular health, and helps cleanse your body inside and out. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times so that you can make sure you’re drinking enough of it!

9. EAT WELL

Minimize sugar and alcohol. Make sure that you add a lot of fruits and vegetables to your diet. This will help you look and feel better! Research has shown that both vegan and paleo diets have enormous health benefits.

VEGAN

If you don’t eat any meat protein and only consume vegetables, soy, and dairy-free beverages, this will probably help you feel better. Make sure that you eat plenty of walnuts for omega-3s and consume nut-based milks so that you can plenty of B12 vitamins.

PALEO

The paleo diet is quite healthy because you simply eat meat and vegetables. Make sure that you can get grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, and wild-caught fish whenever possible.

This is better for both you and the environment! People who are on the paleo diet don’t eat grains, dairy products, or processed foods.

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