Have you ever wondered how healthcare professionals seem to stay healthy even when flu season is raging? This year presents even more of a problem as COVID-19 cases spike. While people who work in healthcare get sick just like anyone else, they do follow a few steps to reduce their chances of contracting an illness.
Let’s take a look at some tips to help you stay healthy all winter long:
Have you gotten your flu vaccine this year? It’s recommended for almost all healthy adults, and it’s a great way to vastly increase your chances of avoiding the flu this winter.
Wash your hands often.
If there’s one thing this year has taught us all, it’s the importance of washing your hands. Healthcare professionals have known this all along! Be sure to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds (at least) and be sure to get in between your fingers and under your nails.
Be aware of symptoms.
Don’t ignore health symptoms in yourself. If you notice body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, a cough, or a fever, don’t try to tough it out. Don’t go to work if you have these symptoms — stay home and rest.
One of the simplest ways to stay healthy throughout flu season and beyond is to eat a nutritious diet. Choose whole foods that supply proper nutrition. Skip the processed foods and junk food, and don’t go overboard with soda or alcoholic beverages, all of which can weaken your immune system.
Get enough sleep.
Few things are better for the human body than sleep. Get a full eight hours a night whenever you can — your body needs that time to rest and recharge, especially if you’re in a high-stakes field like the healthcare profession.
It’s harder to exercise outdoors in the wintertime, but try to keep up with your exercise regimen. Staying active is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and it’s another great way that healthcare professionals keep themselves in good shape throughout flu season and the rest of the year.
Ready for a Change This Season?
Plenty of healthcare facilities need extra help during flu season, especially this year. If you’re in the market for a new position, you’ve come to the right place. Contact 24/7 MedStaff and take a look at our job board to view openings.