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5 doctor-approved tips for a happy and sniffle holiday season!

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Level up your holiday game with these expert tips! From sleep sleights to hydration heroics, doctors reveal their sneaky tricks to keep you thriving, not just surviving.

The holidays are a time for joy, family, and delicious food. As the holiday season approaches, so does the dreaded reality of increased illness. With more gatherings, travel, and colder weather, it’s no wonder that respiratory viruses like the flu, COVID-19, and RSV thrive. 
But fear not! By following these simple holiday health hacks, you can significantly reduce your chances of getting sick and enjoy a healthy and happy holiday season. 

1. Get Enough Sleep: 

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Sleep is essential for optimal health, including immune function. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night to help your body fight off infection. Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep: 

  • Establish a regular sleep schedule and stick to it as much as possible, even on weekends. 
  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine that includes activities like taking a warm bath or reading a book. 
  • Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool. 
  • Avoid screens for at least an hour before bed. 

2. Stay Up-to-Date on Vaccinations: 

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Vaccines are one of the most effective ways to prevent infectious diseases. Be sure to get your flu shot and consider COVID and RSV vaccines if you are eligible. These vaccines will help you avoid getting sick and protect those around you, especially those who are vulnerable. 

3. Wash Your Hands Frequently: 

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Handwashing is a simple but incredibly effective way to prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially: 

  • After being in public places 
  • Before eating 
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing 

If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

4. Stay Physically Active: 

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Regular exercise strengthens your immune system and improves your overall health. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. Here are some ideas for staying active during the holidays: 

  • Go for a walk or hike 
  • Take a fitness class 
  • Dance to your favorite music 
  • Do some bodyweight exercises at home 

5. Keep Germs Out of the Home: 

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Take steps to minimize the spread of germs in your home: 

  • Create a designated drop zone near the entrance where people can leave their shoes, coats, and bags. 
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, and countertops. 
  • Avoid bringing suitcases onto beds. 
  • Encourage guests to wash their hands upon arrival. 

So there you have it, folks! Five doctor-approved hacks to keep you healthy, happy, and hassle-free this holiday season. Remember, a little prevention goes a long way. Sleep tight, vaccinate smart, wash away worries, move it like nobody’s watching (except maybe Santa!), and keep your home sparkling clean. With these tips in your arsenal, you can celebrate with loved ones without worrying about catching the holiday crud. Now go forth and spread the cheer (not the germs)! 

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