Weathering the Change: Smart Tips for the GSIS community to Stay Healthy During Season Shifts

As we swap our wardrobe  for cozy sweaters, it’s clear that the seasons are shifting. And with this change comes the sneaky seasonal viruses waiting to catch us off-guard. But fear not! I’ve got some tried-and-true tips to help you stay healthy and fight off those pesky germs during this transitional weather. Let’s dive in!

  1. Layer Up Smartly:

The key to beating the chill without overheating is layering. Start with a light t-shirt, add a sweater or fleece, and top it off with a windproof jacket. This way, you can easily adjust to the temperature, whether you’re in a classroom or braving the outdoors.

  1. Stay Hydrated:

Yes, I know, it’s not scorching hot anymore, but your body still needs water – a lot of it! Drinking water not only keeps you hydrated but also helps flush out toxins and germs. Aim for 8 glasses a day

  1. Sleep Like a Pro:

Late-night study sessions can be important, but your body needs sleep to fight off viruses. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep. Consider a bedtime routine to wind down, like reading or listening to calming music.

  1. Embrace Seasonal Foods:

Fall and winter bring a bounty of fruits and veggies packed with vitamins and nutrients. Think oranges, pomegranates, carrots, and leafy greens. These are not just delicious but are also your armor against the flu.

  1. Keep Moving:

Exercise boosts your immune system. You don’t need to run a marathon; a brisk walk, a dance session, or a quick workout can do wonders. Plus, it’s a great stress-buster!

  1. Wash Hands Like a doctor:

The simplest, yet most effective, way to prevent illness. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially before meals. Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer for those times when soap and water aren’t handy.

  1. Listen to Your Body:

Feeling a bit off? Don’t push it. Rest, drink fluids, and if symptoms persist, visit the school  doctor. It’s better to take a day off and recover than to push through and get worse.

  1. Stay Connected:

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Stay connected with friends and teachers, share your concerns, and support each other. A good laugh with friends can be the best medicine.

  1. Wear a simple 3-layer mask:

A mask acts as a physical barrier and prevents viruses and other disease causing germs from entering the respiratory tract.

Remember, staying healthy isn’t just about avoiding sickness; it’s about taking care of your overall well-being. As we navigate these seasonal shifts, let’s do it with care, laughter, and a cup of hot soup! 

Stay healthy, stay happy!

Dr. Alban Michael | Resident Medical Officer