Getting sick at any time is –– at best –– a miserable inconvenience. Getting sick during a global pandemic, though, can rattle the nerves of even the most composed individuals. As such, today we’re going to review some common, but very effective self-care best practices. Here are five smart things you can do to avoid falling ill:
Practice Good Hygiene
Practicing good hygiene is one of the best ways to protect yourself from germs that spread disease. This involves obvious measures –– like washing your hands frequently and bathing after vigorous activity. But good hygiene also requires diligence and attention to detail. For example, drinking out of someone else’s glass could expose you to certain bacterial or viral infections that spread through saliva. Be sure to avoid any unsanitary actions just as much as you strive to sanitize frequently.
Improve Diet/Exercise Routine
What you eat and how often you work out can have a big effect on your overall health and wellness. Of course, people who work out consistently may still get sick on occasion. However, eating healthy foods and improving heart and lung health, for example, can help prevent certain serious conditions from developing over time. It goes without saying, also, that eliminating bad habits like smoking, drinking, or abusing drugs will also go a long way toward enhancing your overall well-being.
Get Better Sleep
Your body and mind require rest and relaxation to perform at their peak. So always make it a point to get a healthy amount of sleep (7-9 hours) every night.
Consult Medical Professionals
In certain situations, medical professionals may be able to provide certain preventative treatments through methods like vaccination. Even if a condition doesn’t have a vaccine, though, visiting your doctor on a regular basis will help them identify any problems that you might face down the line. Remember, medical professionals use sophisticated equipment like cell culture tubes to diagnose and treat conditions as quickly and effectively as possible. Consulting with a doctor can help you prevent future illnesses, address current issues efficiently, and make important changes to your daily health regimen.
If you know that a friend, coworker, or family member is ill, then it’s a good idea to avoid them. Viruses like the common cold spread very fast, so don’t spend time around people who you know are sick. By that same token, if you yourself begin to feel under the weather, then avoid unnecessary contact with others. Isolating yourself may not always be easy, but it can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, which is always important, but especially prescient now.