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Five Healthy Habits for the Fall and Winter Months

Oct 6 2021

Looking for the best ways to protect yourself and your family during the fall and colder months ahead? Here are five things you should do.

Frequently wash your hands.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, cold and flu season is quickly approaching. Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water can help reduce the chances of spreading all kinds of germs. Additionally, germs from COVID-19 and the flu can last on surfaces for multiple days, making regular cleaning and disinfecting a priority as well.

Wear a face mask.

When you are in a public area, wear a face mask to protect yourself and others as respiratory viruses spread from person to person through droplets made when infected individuals cough, sneeze or talk. If you are ill and aren’t feeling well, stay home when possible to avoid spreading germs to other people.

Find ways to stay active.

While it can be difficult to stay active during the cold months, it is important to find ways to move your body. Consider taking workout classes or walking in an indoor area if getting outside to exercise isn’t possible because of the weather. Exercise can help lessen stress, boost your immune system and increase the chances of your body fighting off any illness.

Manage your mental health.

Less daylight time and being indoors more often can cause higher levels of anxiety, depression and other mood changes. Make the most of shorter days by waking up earlier to get the most sunlight time. Also, stay connected with family and friends. Talk openly and honestly about your mental health with others, and don’t be afraid to seek professional help if needed.

Get common immunizations.

The flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine will help prevent these common diseases and/or reduce symptoms for those who do become infected. Diseases can often take a toll on our bodies, so receiving immunizations will reduce the chances of needing to be hospitalized or medicated.

Every year, the flu shot is reviewed and updated to continually fight against the virus. You can best protect yourself and others from flu season by getting the flu shot. Additionally, the COVID-19 vaccination has been thoroughly researched. It has been shown to lessen symptoms and help avoid hospitalization for anyone who becomes sick with COVID-19.

Learn how colder weather can affect your health. Also, check out what health care services we offer at Mercy Health.

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