Autumn is notorious as the season of colds and flu. As the days get darker, we tend to feel a bit more rundown and tired than usual, which is when cold weather bugs can strike. Luckily, there are many ways to fend off autumn viruses and colds, and keep your immune system fighting fit during the colder months.
Get a good night’s sleep
A good night’s sleep can work wonders for your health. Make sure you get into a regular sleeping routine and give your body plenty of time to rest, restore and rejuvenate. Getting into some healthy sleep habits during autumn can help to make sure you get the best sleep possible. Try turning off all your electronics an hour before you head to sleep and set yourself a strict sleep schedule.
Consider the flu jab
There’s a reason the flu jab is offered around autumn; this is when we’re at our most vulnerable to the ever-changing flu bug. Pregnant women, older people and those with certain medical conditions can get it for free, but even if you don’t fall under any of these categories, it’s still worth your time and will only set you back around £20.
Spend time with your loved ones
Studies have shown that hugging family and friends is a great mood booster and stress buster, which in turn is beneficial to your immune system. Stress is a number one culprit when it comes to feeling a little rundown and it can actually weaken the immune system.
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Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your immune system, and kicking the habit will give your cold fighting abilities a much-needed boost. This is because smoking actually promotes inflammation and increases healing times, making it harder for your body to fight the symptoms of colds and flu.
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