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We have all uttered the feared words, “winter’s coming,” but now that it is almost upon us it’s time to act. Life is too busy for achy muscles, congestion, or a runny nose, so we must stay vigilant in our pursuit of good health and not just worry about ourselves, but others too. These simple tips will keep you and those around you healthy.

1. If You’re Already Sick, Stay Home.

No one wants to spend the day in bed when they have things to do, but that is exactly what you should be doing. Your body needs sleep and rest so it can fight off the infection. The more you resist, the longer your recovery time will be. So just give in and stay curled up in bed. It’s a great time to watch a marathon of your favorite shows!

2. Don’t Touch Your Face.

It is amazing how often we unknowingly touch our face. From pushing our hair back to striking a “thinking man” pose, we are ever touching our faces. Being conscious of how much you touch your face will help eliminate spreading a virus you might have picked up when you touched another surface.

3. Clean Your Cell Phone and Other Electronic Devices.

Our phones and tablets are on our journey with us all day in everything we do, making them big germ magnets. Try to wipe them down a few times a day, especially if you are already sick, and before handing them to others to use, whether for business or fun.

4. Thoroughly Wash and Sanitize Your Hands Often.

Our hands help us explore and interact with the world around us, and in the process, they pick up a variety of different elements. Always use antibacterial soap and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds using warm to hot water. Make sure to include your wrists, back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. When soap is not available, use hand sanitizer.

5. Sanitize Your Door Handles.

You must touch them to get in and out of pretty much everywhere, so until all doors automatically open, you need to sanitize them every few days and more often if your household is already infected. A thorough wiping of handles with an antibacterial cloth will help prevent the spread of illness both at home and work.

6. Use a Tissue and Throw It Away.

If you need to sneeze or cough, make sure you use a tissue and throw it away, but if one isn’t handy, pull a Dracula and use your elbow and not your hand. Your elbow will contain more of the germs but if you accidentally use your hands, wash or sanitize them before touching anything else.

7. Have Healthy Habits.

Being physically active and getting enough sleep go a long way to helping you stay healthy. When your body is strong, it can fight off an infection more easily. Staying hydrated is important when helping your body defend against viruses and drinking water is the best way to do this. Avoid sugary drinks that make your body work harder to process.