We all know you want to enjoy one of the most joyous occasions of the year, so we know it’s important that your health is tip-top ready for some tasty turkey and classic Christmas pudding.
- 1. Get as much sleep as you can.
On average, we only get 6 and a half hour sleep which is much less than the 7 - 9 hours recommended. During the winter, we’re like animals and hibernate which is perfectly fine, it gives our bodies time to catch up especially with the longer nights.
- 2. Get vaccinated!
Flu occurs every year, especially during the winter season and it’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. The most common symptoms of flu are headaches, aches and pains in the joint and extreme tiredness. The best way to avoid catching the flu is to get a vaccination before the flu season starts - protect yourself and others around you.
- 3. Stock up on the painkillers.
Winter season is probably the most profitable time of the year for pharmacies with people quickly stocking up on painkillers in anticipation of a cold/flu. Paracetomal, Ibuprofen and Asprin are all really helpful particularly for this time of year to aid the symptoms.
- 4. Carry wipes everywhere you go.
As cold and flu viruses make their rounds, you may want to kick your germ-avoidance tactics into high gear, making sure that if one person in your house gets sick, and the illness doesn't spread,taking everyone-including you-out of commission. Regardless of these germs floating around, carry disinfectant wipes with you to sanitise areas the areas you go to (tables, handles and objects).
- 5. Soft tissues - and lots of them.
When you have a cold or flu, it’s guaranteed that you’ll be blowing your nose up to 50 times a day which can cause irritation, redness and drying of the nose. So it’s handy to have some extra tissues in all rooms of the house just in case a sudden flu outbreak attacks your home, plus they’re easy enough to throw away once you’re done blowing your snots out.
If you’re lucky enough to have an immune system made of steel then we’d still recommend a flu jab, but if you happen to easily catch colds then do fully prepare yourself with the essentials of preventing and aiding this year’s flu season.