No one likes being sick and no one has the time to put their life on hold for it. The good news is, we have the ability to prevent illness by maintaining habits for health year-round.
Here are 6 ways to prevent the spread of illness
- Wash hands. Our hands come into contact with a variety of different surfaces daily. Wash them regularly to avoid transferring germs into the body.
- Avoid crowds and sick people. Stay away from crowds and sick people in order to decrease your chance of getting sick.
- Reduce Stress. Placing extra stress on the body can weaken the immune system and cause the body to be more susceptible to disease. Try aromatherapy to reduce stress or try a drop of essential oil inside your mask for all-day calming.
- Consume a variety of nutrients. Proper nutrition helps to strengthen the immune system, therefore making us more resilient to illness.
- Sleep 7-9 hours a night. Sleep allows the body time to fight potential illnesses and recover from daily activities.
- Regular exercise. Physical activity conditions the body to fight off illness.
These are just a few things that you can do to stay healthy. For more, check out the tracking tab on Wellstyles and earn points for staying healthy!
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MOVE: The Importance of Rest Days
Sometimes mustering up the motivation to work out is a challenge. But other times, like when we’re really determined to reach a goal or we feel like we need to make up for lost time, the opposite is true. Sometimes we take on that frantic “must work out every day” mindset and completely forget that one of the most important parts of exercising effectively is giving our bodies time to recover. Resting is just as important as working out because it’s an equal part of the total process required to build strength, endurance, and muscle. During REM sleep, your body’s production of growth hormone increases, which aids in the repairing and rebuilding of muscles post-workout.
CONNECT: Social Connection At A Safe Distance
For many people, keeping a distance from others can be tough medicine to take. For an extrovert, being social is as basic a need as food and sleep. But for someone who prefers time alone, a directive to stay away from others is a dream come true. The truth is, we all need contact with other people. Connections promote wellness. Human connection is essential for good health, especially when life presents situations that can cause increased anxiety.
Going digital unleashes unlimited possibilities for staying in touch. Here are just a few:
- Start the day with friends and coffee or host an end-of-the-day happy hour
- Attend a virtual seminar or skill class
- Host a digital dinner party and include a virtual cooking lesson of the main dish
- Join a virtual watch party of a movie or show
- Stream your favorite activity like planting flowers
- Read a bedtime story to your kids or kid family members
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