Now that autumn is here, flu and cold season has officially begun! And who wants to get stuck at home with another nightmarish cold? To make sure you don't catch a cold or the flu, here are a few tips to help you stay healthy this autumn:
1. Start your morning right
If you want to stay healthy during autumn, then getting up from the bed and immediately going to work won’t cut it. Instead of rushing off, get up a little earlier than usual – even if it’s just 20 minutes. Take the time that you need to get ready in time, and never skip breakfast. If you don’t feel like eating in the morning then you don’t have to have a full breakfast – but make it a habit to put something in your stomach before getting to work.
Giving your body the needed nutrients will help to maintain your immune system uncompromised. An even better way to start your morning right is to exercise. Although it might seem like something you wouldn’t like to do in the morning, exercising will give you an energy boost and it’s one of the best ways to keep yourself healthy in any season.
2. Adjust your diet
Since colder days await us, it’s natural to be eating more than usual – that’s because your body needs to create more heat to keep you warm. However, you have to pay more attention to what you eat. It’s important that you consume food that will keep you healthy, instead of indulging yourself in treats that won’t do any good to your health.
The best thing to eating healthier is that you don’t have to make any major changes to your diet. A few simple habits like eating more vegetables, drinking herbal tea and eating more chicken soup (or vegetable soup for vegetarians/vegans) can do wonders for your health.
3. Up your hand hygiene routine
Autumn is a beautiful season, however, it’s also the season when flu’s and colds are more likely to catch up to you. A simple thing that you can do to prevent catching a cold or flu is to pay more attention to how you wash your hands. Next time you wash your hands, be more detailed than usual and try to wash your fingernails and wrists as well. Try to wash your hands more often to avoid spreading more germs.
Extra Tip: Besides your hands, pay attention to your smartphone as well. Make sure you clean it up properly because a lot of studies have shown that because we bring smartphones everywhere with us, they have more germs than any other object that you are carrying with you. We advise you to clean up your phone once a day to keep germs away.
4. Have a detox bath
We do have a detox system of our own – sweating. However, the colder it gets, the harder it becomes to break a sweat. If you are having regular workouts, you must have noticed that it takes you much longer in the autumn/winter to warm up and start sweating than in spring/summer.
By not sweating as much, and having more viruses and germs in the air, it becomes much harder on your body to detoxify on your own. By having a detox bath, you can detox your body more regularly, and prevent a pileup of toxins over the autumn/winter period. Check out how to have a detox bath here.
5. Dress in layers
Although some chilly days might be on their way, the weather will change multiple times during the day. That’s why you should always be prepared for any weather conditions. Try to always wear clothes with multiple layers, so that you won’t be too cold, or too hot during the day, and still allow your skin to breathe. Click here for more autumn skin-care tips.
6. Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is essential for both your physical and mental well-being. When you sleep, you are getting the needed rest to re-energize and maintain good health. However many people are getting less than 6 hours asleep at night, which can exhaust your body. That’s why we advise you to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Especially in autumn when colds and flu are waiting to strike at any moment! If you can’t fall asleep then having a warm bath before sleeping will help you to fall asleep faster.