man enjoying a healthy lifestyle to prevent the flu

Whenever the seasons change, everyone braces for that “inevitable” seasonal cold. Whether it’s a common cold or the full-blown flu, you may feel as though you are bound to become sick every winter. As we age, it becomes more imperative to take extra precautions with our physical and mental health. Our available senior living programs help to promote health and wellness in our residents while also supporting them during the difficult winter months. 

Here are some simple steps you can take to help reduce your chances of feeling under the weather this winter season:

Wash Your Hands Often 

This is the most simple and effective way to prevent the common cold, yet many people still neglect it. With all of the holiday travel, gift exchanges, hugging, and attending parties – germs are bound to be spread. Washing your hands thoroughly in hot water with soap several times a day (even more than normal) is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. 

Eat Foods High in Vitamin C and Antioxidants

It’s no secret that Vitamin C has numerous benefits that can help boost your immune system. Some foods high in Vitamin C are leafy greens, bell peppers, oranges, tomatoes, and papayas. You can also drink herbal teas with antioxidants to prevent or treat colds. Ginger tea has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which are ideal for treating the flu. Lemon tea is also high in vitamin C and can help you build resistance to colds! Peppermint tea is a delicious hot beverage to sip on in the wintertime, and also has numerous health benefits such as fighting sinus, soothing upset stomachs, and it has even been shown to improve brain function and make you more mentally alert! 

Get Enough Sleep 

Doctors recommended 8 hours a night to have your body in optimal health conditions. Sleep deprivation lowers our immune function and significantly reduces our body’s ability to fight off sickness. If you experience trouble falling asleep, ask your physician for tips on how to get a better night’s sleep. 

Reduce Stress 

Too much of the stress hormone released in our bodies can hinder our immune system. Staying properly hydrated by drinking enough water is also essential for balancing stress and fighting colds. You can find enjoyable ways to let out stress such as a relaxing hobby, downtime, and taking deep breaths. Discovery Village’s Dimensions Wellness program offers yoga classes to help rejuvenate your body and clear your mind. 

These are just a few simple steps you can take to help prevent the flu this winter. Don’t forget to attend regular appointments with your physician as well! At Discovery Village the physical and medical wellness of our residents is a top priority for us. Our comprehensive wellness program offers a variety of classes as well as regular checkups to help keep your mind and body healthy. 

Living Healthy at Discovery Villages at Castle Hills

At Discovery Villages at Castle Hills, we strive to help our residents stay safe and healthy, especially during the flu season. Contact Discovery Villages at Castle Hills today to learn about our available rooms, amenities, and programs. Call 972.737.7028 to speak with a staff member today.

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