Lifestyles Center Blog

HUMP DAY: COMING DOWN WITH THE FLU

Just as good ‘ol Central New York’s early winters set in, it can become much easier to catch sick. Coming down with the flu or just catching a common cold is an imposing threat to students everywhere. As Oswego winter approaches, staying healthy can get tricky. To help you out, we’ve found an educational article from Health Magazine with tips on staying well in this cold time of the year. Below, we’ve also attached a preview of some of the tips.

Of course, one of the best ways to prevent any type of germ-induced sickness is to wash your hands! But, as the air gets drier, washing can make your skin dry out faster causing cracks in the process. These cracks make it easier for germs to enter your body and get you sick! To prevent this, also make sure to moisturize your hands after you wash to keep them smooth and soft.

Another very simple way to avoid coming in to contact with germs is to just avoid touching them in general. Things like elevator buttons, door handles, stair railings, and other publicly used areas are unavoidable. To alleviate these daily concerns, carry around a bottle of hand sanitizer (Which you can obtain for free from our small red wagon)! And for those things that are more easily cleaned like your cell phone; which touches all sorts of surfaces throughout the day and is within close range to your hands and face, you should invest in disinfectant wipes.

One final tip is that, while the high levels of alcohol in cleaning supplies are often used to disinfect, it is important to point out that drinking while sick can be harmful. Alcohol interferes with your sleep cycle and doesn’t allow you to take advantage of full REM sleep, which is the most restorative type of rest. Practice focusing on your breaths, as deep breathing calms nerves and allows you to think more clearly.

To get the full list of tips and stay as healthy as possible, click the link below:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20752945,00.html

Stay healthy and happy!

Allison Flanagan, Peer Educator

Photo Cred: Kitty