Keeping germs at bay

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As pastors, I can imagine that you’re exposed to more than your fair share of germs each and every day: you regularly make visits to sick people in their homes and in hospitals; you shake countless hands on Sunday mornings; you enter and exit the same doors that the church preschoolers use; you rub shoulders with other community leaders at breakfast meetings; you simply go to the grocery store!

You’ve no doubt heard these tips before, so consider this a reminder to ramp up your efforts to stay well this winter:no-germ-zone-md

  • Wash your hands: This is a no-brainer, but it’s one of the best ways to stay healthy.  Click here to see the science of washing of your hands.  No access to soap and water?  Keep a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your purse, briefcase, or car.
  • Eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated: Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, and cut down on sugar to help booster the immune system.  How much water should you drink?  One doctor suggests dividing your weight by 3; this is how many ounces of fluid you should drink a day (plus one glass of water for every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage).
  • Stay back: If you can, keep about 6 feet between yourself and someone who’s sick.
  • Rest well: It’s recommended that adults get 7-8 hours of sleep every day, but you probably have found your own magic number.
  • Exercise: Keeping your body strong is another immune-booster.  And don’t forget about taking care of your mind through meditation, a gratitude journal, taking time off, reading, yoga, or your own favorite stress-reducing activity.
  • Get a flu shot: According to the CDC, January is not too late to get yours!

Let us hear how you try to keep those germs at bay.

-Katie Huffman

Based on “How the fit stay healthy in cold-and flu-season,” by Gabriella Boston at Washington Post Wellness; image by Laurel Holland via Creative Commons and Clker.com

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