I love the crisp, colder weather of Autumn, but I hate that it also signals the start of cold and flu season. There are plenty of things you can do throughout your day to prevent catching a cold, but here are five things you should keep in mind specifically on weekends.
Don't Overdo It on the Booze
I don't blame you for wanting to de-stress from your crazy work week by letting loose with a drink but be mindful of how much you're kicking back. Heavy alcohol consumption doesn't do your immune system any good, and also dehydrates you body. It's OK to relax with a glass of wine or a cocktail, but one should be your limit. Sip water with your alcoholic bevvy to stay hydrated (since that also prevents colds), and don't let alcohol tempt you to smoke socially (smokers are more prone to getting sick).
Take Time to Chill
Weekends tend to be for catching up on errands you didn't get to all week, but all that running around is sure to run down your immune system. Take time each day to relax whether it's by sleeping in, getting to bed a little early, lounging on the couch with a good book, or taking a stroll with a friend.
Keep reading for three more ways to prevent catching a cold on the weekend.
Wash Public Germs Away
I'm not trying to gross you out, but germs are lurking everywhere from the handle on your shopping cart to the buttons on the ATM, from the menu at your local restaurant to the mags in office waiting rooms. Eww. Don't risk a cold or worse — stomach bug — from touching things hundreds of others have also put their grimy hands on. When in public, avoid touching your face and wash your hands often. In case you can't get to a bathroom sink, keep antibacterial gel on hand.
Research shows regular exercise can reduce your chance of getting a cold by nearly 50 percent, and if you do catch a cold, staying active makes it less severe. With your busy weekend schedule of house projects, family time, and get-togethers with friends, it's tempting to skip out on your workout, but don't! Make sure you sweat it out at least once over the weekend.
You made a date to get together with your best friend for dinner, but while chatting about what dessert to bring, you hear her son coughing in the background. Your friend casually mentions that he's getting over a fever and cough. I know it's a total bummer, but if you don't want to risk getting sick, politely call off your dinner date and make plans for next week. If they're a good friend, they'll understand you putting your own health first.