As you travel back home this holiday season, know that this is exactly the time of year when you’re likely to get sick.
It’s cold, people are inside, and lots and lots of people are getting on and off airplanes — possibly including yourself.
So take it to heart that your own well being and those of your family is reliant on you taking a few smart countermeasures to stay healthy.
Use wetnaps and hand sanitizer
Look, your hands are probably the grossest part of your body. You’re touching everything with them.
And while we’re not recommending that you become a germaphobe, it’s pretty important to carry around some sort of way to kill germs while you’re traveling.
While the idea that the cold can ‘make’ you sick has largely been discredited, what IS true is that people being cooped up inside means that germs spread around more easily. So take one for the team and wipe down those hands!
Stretch out and exercise
Exercise is its own sort of nutrition for the body. Not only does it make you feel better, but it also boosts your immune system. And you know what? Feeling better itself boosts your immune system.
If you’re staying in cramped places all day, make sure to stretch it out. It can do wonders for your stress levels.
If there’s something no one is getting enough of nowadays, it’s sleep. It’s one of the unfortunate facts of our society. And there’s possibly no bigger detriment to our general health.
If you’ve got some time to relax over the holidays, trying to catch up on that sleep debt. Your body will thank you for it.
It might not be too easy to sleep on a plane, but you can stack the deck in your favor by buying a travel pillow and maybe some nice blind folds.