It’s that time of year again, the time when the starts getting cooler, pumpkins are peeking out on porches, and sweaters get the chance to shine. Unfortunately, with all the fun of fall comes cold and flu germs, not to mention a whole new season of allergies. All of these things can lead to some miserable sniffles or worse.
When we share small spaces, like classrooms, offices, and homes, it’s easy for germs to spread and multiply. When students get sick, it can be hard for them to concentrate on their work and they oftentimes have to miss days of important learning. Let’s take a look at some top tips to prevent the spread of germs and make sure we stay our happiest, healthiest selves throughout this season so we can enjoy all that fall (short as it is in San Antonio!) has to offer.
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is a natural healing period for your body, so it’s important to get enough rest. The National Sleep Foundation recommends between 9-11 hours of sleep per night for young children. While this can be difficult to do during the hustle and bustle of the school year, it’s one of the best defenses against illnesses of all kinds.
- Wash your hands regularly. We all know that it’s important to wash hands before eating, after using the restroom, and after sneezing/coughing. During fall, however, more regular handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs. Doorknobs, handrails, and elevator buttons can all be germ hotspots. This is also a great time to remind children about the importance of handwashing, especially those going through the potty-training process.
- Eat healthy foods and get lots of fluids. As the temperature drops, it’s easy to forget that we’re still at risk for dehydration, but drinking lots of water is a great way to keep your body healthy. Make sure to get your 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, even as we move into the delicious holiday season.
- Stay active. It’s hard to get outside and get moving when it’s chilly, but keeping an exercise routine helps keep bodies healthy and fights off infection (just make sure to wipe down gym equipment before use!). There are so many parks to visit in San Antonio, why not bundle up and check one out? Or take a walk around the San Antonio Zoo? The Y also has lots of locations in our city!
Check out this link for even more ways to stay healthy!
What are some of your favorite tips for staying germ-free as we head towards fall? Let us know in the comments!