Keeping well this winter!

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It is inevitable that there are infections and viruses around at this time of year.

If you eat healthily, exercise regularly, manage your stress levels and ensure good sleep habits, then you can reduce your risk of being unwell.

Quite a big ask at this busy time of the year when we often over indulge on alcohol, food, and late nights. Also we tend to extend ourselves to more social gatherings than we can handle. Mix this up with gathering in overly warm premises, close together, more frequently, where people carry illness and we have a wonderful environment for bugs to spread.

So what can I do?

  • eat healthily where possible, particularly plenty of vegetables and fruit to boost your intake of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C
  • boost your immune system with a diet rich in garlic and onions, which have been shown to have anti viral properties
  • prepare well in advance for the extra organising of Xmas, with tasks completed in earlier weeks, and liaise with other family and friends who are sharing this with you to spread the load
  • this will reduce your stress levels and help spread the financial load
  • take up the offer of a flu jab if it is available to you – this protects not only yourself but young children, older people and any vulnerable adults
  • plan to have rest periods in amongst social activities, allowing you to pace yourself
  • ensure some early bedtimes to enable your body to rejuvenate itself and manage the increased workload

None of this is rocket science but we often forget these simple steps.

If in doubt one of the most protective factors for reducing your risk of illness is good hand washing.

If you don’t avoid the round of bugs, I didn’t, particularly if you are in contact with young children. Then resting, staying warm and drinking plenty of clear fluids along with regular paracetamol should make you comfortable and promote a speedy recovery. This again may involve support from friends and family.

Good luck at this busy time of year and keep positive!

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