If you're active, you already know the importance of exercise and nutrition. But you may be missing an even more important factor in your health. although nothing is full proof, here are five of the best ways to lessen your chance of illness during the flu season, and all year round.
Start your day out right
On your way to work, listen to music that makes you feel good. whether it's soothing, or fun, as long as it makes you smile, you'll be much better prepared to start your busy day. Those who tend to listen to talk radio shows that discuss controversial or stressful events, are more likely to feel angry by the time they arrive to the office, and that feeling tends to linger all day.
Whether you spend your day working with the public, on the computer, or at home, remember to stop and take a break. Use that time for positive thinking to counteract any of the negative stress that you've experienced. Breathe, take a walk and get some fresh air, or just think about your favorite things in life.
It may be cliche', but laughter is really the best medicine. it actually reduces stress hormones and even benefits your immune system. Finding the humor in the most difficult of situations is one of the best kept secrets of a happy, and healthy, life.
A hot bath and a good night's sleep
Relaxing in a hot bath soothes sore muscles and joints, reducing stress and tension which helps you to get a good night's sleep. Getting enough sleep has a big impact on your immune function and disease resistance. this is the time your body uses to repair itself and your immune system, strive for 7-8 hours a night.
K.C. Dermody has been an avid runner, hiker, and yoga enthusiast for twenty years, and as a trained yoga instructor she taught a variety of students from senior citizens to competitive athletes. She enjoys combining her passion for sports, emotional and physical well-being with her love of writing.
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