The recent global health crisis has shone a light on important health and safety practices. While it’s critical to protect yourself from infection during periods of high-risk, it’s also a good habit to prioritize your personal health and safety year-round. Simple yet powerful changes can have a huge impact on your body’s ability to avoid and resist common viruses, whether they’re simple colds or potentially life-threatening conditions.
Stay Smart in Public Places
To prevent unnecessary sickness, it’s helpful to avoid germ-riddled public areas. However, there are ways you can still protect yourself while still performing routine tasks out in society. Limit direct contact with high-traffic surfaces, including:
- Door handles
- Toilet or faucet handles
- Credit card pin pads
- Gas pumps
- Shopping carts and baskets
If you must touch one of these items, wipe it down first with travel disinfectant wipes, then use hand sanitizer or wash your hands immediately afterward. Wash your hands often, especially once you get home, and break the habit of touching your face when you’re out in public.
Disinfect Household Surfaces
Make a habit of cleaning the frequently-touched surfaces of your home and vehicle on a regular basis. Using antibacterial wipes or spray, clean interior and exterior door knobs, light switches, remote controls, bathroom fixtures and cabinet and drawer pulls. Carefully disinfect your cell phone every day. Finally, take the time to clean your steering wheel and dashboard components, which can be exposed to a higher number of germs when you’re out in public.
Keep Your Immune System Healthy
You have a limited amount of control on your exposure to certain germs. However, you can set yourself up for success by boosting your immune system through healthy choices. Eat a nutrient-rich diet, stay hydrated and supplement with the appropriate vitamins. Get plenty of rest, exercise often and control your stress to help your body fight off sickness more efficiently.
By taking a few extra precautions, you can help protect your body from illness. Develop these important habits to improve your wellness and prioritize your health.