4 Foolproof Habits to Protect Yourself from the Flu

If it seems like the rain is storming down a little bit harder than usual this winter, you aren’t imagining things. The National Weather Service issued multiple public alerts on Wednesday, Jan. 16th, warning that southern California is going to experience strong winds, rough surf, floods, mudslides, and heavy snow as January progresses. All of this miserable weather basically means that it’s a good idea to bundle up before leaving the house and make sure you have an umbrella handy. It also means that it would be a good idea to protect yourself against what is arguably winter’s most loathsome side-effect. The flu.

The Struggle is Real:
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 5% – 20% of the US population contracts the flu every year. This translates into an average of 31.4 Million outpatient visits, 200,000 hospitalizations, and up to 49,000 deaths caused by the contagious spread of influenza. The flu can put anyone out of commission, that is unless you take a few precautions to protect yourself from catching it. Here are a few tips on how to avoid contracting the flu, and how to cope with it if you haven’t been lucky enough to evade it.

  1. Get an Annual Flu Shot:
    If you don’t already get the flu shot every year, start making this a constant part of your healthcare routine. Not only does vaccination reinforce your immune system, but it’s also far more cost-effective than treating the flu after the fact.
  2. Don’t Walk it Off:
    People have a tendency to try and power through flu symptoms because it’s such a common disease. However, ignoring the flu at all costs can end up hospitalizing you unnecessarily. If flu symptoms cause you any discomfort, make an appointment to see a doctor.
  3. Get Good Rest:
    Fatigue doesn’t just cause exhaustion, it actually weakens the body’s ability to fight infections. Sleep and relax more than usual in order to give your body a chance to heal and rejuvenate. Good rest also boosts energy.
  4. Take Some Vitamins:
    Always make sure to stock up on fresh fruit, orange juice, and Vitamin supplements during the winter. Vitamins fortify the immune system by nourishing the cells that attack foreign bodies. The more equipped your body is to fight disease, the better your chances are of resisting infection.

The flu is just one of those problems that everybody has to deal with at one point or another in life. But just because the flu is inevitable doesn’t mean people have to fall victim to it year after year like clockwork. Taking some initiative to protect yourself can actually spare you the misery of having to treat the flu again and again. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social! media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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