Halloween is just around the corner, but most of us are getting spooked over the cold and flu germs going around. With so many nasty viruses out there, it's more important than ever to use these simple tips to take care of yourself.
Wash Away the Monster Mash
Germs are everywhere, forming a monstrous mash that collects on surfaces that you regularly come into contact with. One way to keep these germs from infecting you during Halloween is to wash away the "Monster Mash" that you might encounter around your home and work spaces.
Reduce the amount of germs around you by cleaning the surfaces that you use consistently, including reusable water bottles, phones, computer keyboards, countertops, and your own hands. Spend 20 seconds soaping up your hands each time you wash them, rubbing them with soap and rinsing in warm water. This will help wash away the Monster Mash of cold and flu germs that have built up and threaten to infect you!
Run From the Zombies
Some of the scariest Halloween ghouls that have increased in popularity lately are zombies. TV shows and movies that have depicted zombies in recent years have made us all aware of the danger of these creatures, who threaten to eat our brains and turn us into one of them.
There are even events called Zombie Runs now, where you can test your skills running from zombies or you can chase runners as a zombie. The original Run for Your Lives event includes obstacle courses to test participants' strength and endurance while running from zombies. This particular race happens all over the country. In Portland, The Zombie Run is happening in just a couple of days - sign up now if you want to participate!
If zombies or running are too scary or tricky for this Halloween, practice keeping in shape to run away from ghouls and zombies by walking. Even getting outside and walking 20 to 30 minutes per day can help keep your body healthy and ready to run...just in case.
It's No Trick, Sleep is a Treat
One of the single best ways to stay healthy during this Halloween season is to get enough sleep. The weather is starting to cool down and night is coming earlier this time of year. Take advantage of this change in the seasons to shut down the screens - like phones, TVs, and computers - and slow down your brain. Make an earlier bedtime and a regular time to get up each day to ensure 8 hours of sleep.
The importance of a consistent 8 hours is thoroughly proven in The Sleep Diet by Dr. Carmel Harrington. Easy to understand, this book's main thrust is the connection between too little sleep and obesity. However, there is a strong case to be made throughout Dr. Harrington's book regarding the importance of sleep when it comes to fighting illness, even the common cold and flu bugs.
Halloween is coming soon, but that's no reason to be afraid of falling to the cold and flu viruses out there. Using these tips is a great way to stay healthy this fall season!