There are many things you can do to protect yourself from illness any time of year, such as wearing a surgical mask in public, social distancing and washing your hands. In addition, take steps to stay healthy, protect your immune system and prepare yourself for potential health concerns. These simple tips can help lower your risks of getting sick while ensuring you’ll be ready if illness does affect your household.
1. Keep a Stash in Your Car
When you’re out and about running errands or heading to work, you’re more likely to come across germs that can make you sick. Store necessary cleaning items and personal protective equipment in your car so you’re always prepared. Keep an extra stash of disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer and one or two masks in your vehicle to ensure you’re always ready to go out safely in public.
2. Maintain a Strong and Healthy Immune System
Sometimes, germ exposure is inevitable. However, if you’ve worked to maintain a healthy body with a strong immune system, you’ll have a better chance of fighting off contagious illnesses or reducing the duration and severity of symptoms. Make sleep a top priority and aim to get a minimum of seven hours each night. Work to manage stress, as this can weaken your immune system. Eat a nutrient-rich diet while staying hydrated and you can feel better while lowering your risks for many illnesses.
3. Build a Small Stockpile of Essentials at Home
In case sickness affects more than one adult in your household, it can be a good idea to have a small stockpile of necessities in your home. Setting aside a few essentials can ensure you have what you need for a few days before someone can help you get any additional groceries or other items. Gather a few healthy nonperishable food and beverage options, along with everyday toiletries and basic medicines.
Don’t let anxiety over illness rule your life. When you plan ahead and take steps to stay healthy and prepared, you can enjoy more peace of mind and improved wellness.