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Even in the Sunshine State, flu season is no joke - I write this as I'm currently recovering from my own bout of a cold. Moving puts you in touch with new people and new germs, and the stress of moving can certainly wear on your immune system, so you'll want to make sure you're doing everything you can to keep your body in good shape to help ward off sickness. As you're moving into one of the apartments in Orlando, I would make sure you're doing the following:
- Eating right. There's a reason you chose an Orlando apartment with that upgraded kitchen, right? Put it to good use by cooking your own meals at home. You have much more control over the nutritional value when you make your own food instead of going out to eat, and you can hone in on the vitamins you want to boost to help boost your immune system during flu season - hello, vitamin C! Bonus: cooking at home is generally cheaper than going out, so you'll save some money while saving your health.
- Exercising. Are you taking full advantage of your Orlando apartment's fitness center and fitness classes? You don't need to start working out multiple times a day, but developing a moderate exercise regime can help boost your immune system and may cut down the number of colds you get each year. Be mindful of what your body needs and take the time to exercise. In just twenty or thirty minutes, you can get in a great walk around your neighborhood - you can learn what's near you, and chances are, the weather's beautiful.
- Finding new doctors. This is often something people put off when moving, but preventative care helps you stay healthier. Don't save your visits to the doctor for when you're already sick! There are many options nearby the apartments in Orlando, so look for recommendations from your local friends, neighbors and your insurance provider. In addition to your general practitioner, dentist and eye doctor, you'll want to look into a dermatologist - the Florida sunshine is beautiful, but the UV rays aren't.
- Getting a flu shot. When you're living in the apartments in Orlando (or any apartments), you're sharing the complex with a lot of people - and their germs. Unless your doctor recommends you don't get the flu shot for other reasons specific to your medical history, getting the flu shot can be a great way of preventing the flu. The flu vaccine helps your body prepare antibodies, which protect you against infection. For more information about it, I would highly recommend checking out the CDC's website.
While you're moving, you can also take measures like washing your hands more frequently or using hand sanitizer, especially when coming in contact with shared spaces. Of course, there is no way to 100% guarantee you won't get the flu, but you should be in pretty good shape if you follow these steps. Here's to a healthy first season in the Orlando apartments!