Achoo! Oh no, was that a sneeze? Is it seasonal allergies or something worse? You can’t be getting sick – the weather is just starting to get good. You’re finally headed outdoors to soak up that natural vitamin D, a cold would ruin all your plans!
Why are you more susceptible to a cold when the weather changes?
The Weather Channel noticed that with changing forecasts there seem to be more people reporting feeling under the weather. What gives? The source spoke with internal medicine specialist Dr. Kittu Jindal Garg, who explained that rhinoviruses and cornoavirsues – AKA the bugs that cause the common cold – thrive in cool weather.
“A lot of the viruses that cause the common cold are shown to cause outbreaks more frequently in the early to late spring and early to late fall,” Garg reported.
Truly unfortunate news considering you’ve been cooped up for months and are now ready to take advantage of the warmer temperatures. So what do you do if you don’t want to miss a step this spring?
Well first, check out these tips and tricks for staying healthy this season, and then get out there and enjoy the sun:
1. Keep your fingers out of your mouth.
Seems like a good tip for life in general – but it can be hard to follow. Sometimes it’s second nature to bite a misshapen nail or cuticle, or to just rest your chin on hand with your fingers against your lips – but resist the urge. Think about it. Where have your hands been all day? Daily Mail explained that pretty much everything you touch throughout the day contains some type of bacteria that has potential to get you sick. Washing your hands is the No. 1 way to help reduce contamination, but it’s not always 100 percent. So just keep your hands away from your mouth to be on the safe side!
2. Dress in layers.
Women’s Health magazine pointed out that once it starts to get to temperatures around the 50s and 60s, people begin to feel invincible and dress in lighter clothing. But, spring weathers are still fairly unpredictable so that little sundress might not be enough to keep you warm on a windy day. The source spoke with primary-care physician Dr. Marc I. Leavey, who explained that you aren’t properly protecting your immune system when you do this.
“Going outside in the cold when you’re wearing clothes more appropriate for a warmer day can upset your immune system, making you more susceptible to a bug,” Leavey told the source.
But dressing in layers is cool look anyway, so doing this shouldn’t be a problem for you, right? Also be sure to pack an emergency scarf in case temps really drop while you’re inside. Just make sure it matches the BABY-G BA110CA-9A watch so you avoid a fashion faux pas!
3. Exercise and sleep in more.
Making sure you body gets plenty of rest is key to staying healthy this spring. Not hard advice to follow is it? The Weather Channel explained that you can control your physical and emotional stress by working out more, which will in turn help you get a better night sleep. When your body is balanced like this, you’ll be less likely to get sick because your immune system will be in tip-top shape to take on any bugs.
4. Did you already get sick? Stay home!
If you already are starting to feel like you’ve got a sickness coming on, don’t push your body. It’s better to stay home, rest and drink plenty of fluids to flush it out of your body faster. It might stink to miss a day of nice weather, but it’s advised that you to take one day off to recover so you don’t do worse damage by pushing yourself.
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