I volunteered at my daughter’s elementary school a couple of days ago and in the course of two hours had six kids cough on me. Like on me. Like lean on over into their little tiny hands and somehow miss their hands and hit me.
I couldn’t get enough anti-bacterial lotion that day. Seems everybody was hacking or sneezing.
But sneezing and coughing doesn’t have to be synonymous with winter. There are plenty of little life hacks you can use to ward of the seasonal hacking of a cold or flu bug. Give these three a go.
1. Expect the best. Realistic optimism – the belief things are good or will get better – can diffuse negative moods, and ease stress. That alone helps your immune efficiency. And people with a more upbeat attitude also tend to do the things – eat better, exercise more, engage in life in productive ways – that support physical health. If you are prone to a more pessimistic attitude. That’s o.k. too, just behave optimistically, by engaging in life and finding positive things to look forward to, and you’ll benefit.
2. Get plenty of hugs. Plenty of research shows the importance of appropriate touch. High fives, pats on the back and other healthy forms of touch help people manage stress and perform better. Now a new study from Carnegie Mellon University shows that people who receive more hugs are less likely to get sick. Hugs are one form of social support and researchers say that the more support a person has, demonstrated through the frequency of hugs, the lower their stress and the less susceptible they are to infection.
3. Sleep. Seriously, people, this is not the time to push yourself to exhaustion. Make time to rest. Develop solid sleep habits. Turn off technology an hour before bed time, (the blue light waves interrupt our natural sleep rhythms), and go to bed at the same time each night to establish a sleep schedule that will allow your body to recover and restore its natural health. When we are physically exhausted we are prone to picking up every little bug. Proper rest is a biggie when it comes to staying healthy. And, it will actually make you more productive during the day