How To Avoid Getting Sick

ColdFor the first time in a few years, I made it through last winter without getting sick. What was my secret? Like the title of the best-selling book, almost everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten.

Here’s my 6-pronged advice to avoid getting sick this winter:

1. Wash your hands
Yes, germs are airborne but most get passed by touch. While there’s no reason to act like Monk, wash your hands multiple times per day. Especially after going to the restroom.

2. Don’t hang around sick people
If you have sick kids, there’s not much you can do about this one. But, if you’re the one who is sick, don’t come to work. Seriously. You should dial into the conference call from home.

3. Avoid touching your face
Most viruses are transmitted through the eyes, nose, and mouth. It’s one of the reasons that society frowns on sticking your fingers in them.

4. Skip a meal
Remember the old adage “feed a fever, starve a cold”?  When animals are sick, they don’t eat. You shouldn’t either.  Just don’t forget to drink liquids.

5. Drink plenty of liquids
Water is your best option. Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine. Despite common wisdom, you don’t need orange juice. Just drink lots of water.

6. Get enough sleep
In my experience, this is the most important one. You’re more likely to get sick when you’re rundown. If you start feeling sick, take a nap. Get 8 hours of sleep for a few nights in a row. Your body will use the time to recover.

Follow these six common-sense principles and it will reduce the likelihood that you get sick this winter.

Oh, and get the flu shot.  Modern medicine works miracles.

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3 Responses to How To Avoid Getting Sick

  1. Mandy Lin October 27, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    great advice!

  2. Joan Sherlock October 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Totally agree about the “don’t touch your face” tip. Was told that by a nurse a few years ago – and miracle haven’t caught anything since. However I do believe feed a cold and feed a fever – chocolate chip cookies improve anything.

  3. Bob October 31, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    Skipping a meal will not prevent you from getting sick, it just weakens your body.

    Feed a cold, and feed a fever.

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