What is better than waking up to the fresh air of the rainy weather, sipping on a hot cup of tea, and listening to the crackling sound of pakoras sizzling in hot oil? Nothing, I’m sure. With the fun, excitement and joyous feeling of the monsoon season comes many health concerns associated with the wet environment. Most popular health hazards are the common cold, cough, respiratory infections, and water-borne diseases therefore it is important to take precautions and enjoy the weather with a bit of extra care. Here are some great ways to protect yourself from falling sick and maintaining hygiene and good health this season.
1. Carry your umbrella and Raincoats
It is essential to always carry an umbrella before you step outside. It is better to be prepared than to get drenched in the rain. Raincoats are another great way to cover yourself from the harsh climate. It is advisable to wear rubber boots or footwear with similar material to prevent oneself from slipping and also maintain dry feet. Using a plastic bag to cover your belongings will keep them from getting ruined in the rain.
2. Drink plenty of water
Although the chilly weather calls for hot chocolate or any hot beverage. Water still stands as the most important drink of the day. You must keep yourself hydrated and consume fresh water that is purified or filtered to avoid possible water-borne diseases that cause stomach infections or diarrhea. It helps in stimulating blood circulation and promotes a healthy immune system.
3. Eat home-cooked food
We have all spent many a day eating street food in the company of our friends and family especially when the weather calls for warm and flavorsome food. However, eating outside during wet and rainy weather has its own up and downside. It is prone to diseases that may contaminate your food and poor hygiene may result in you falling sick. The best solution to avoid it is eating nutritional food at home that is rich in fiber and protein to help you stay fit, strong and tackle any viruses that may come your way.
4. Take a warm shower
Sometimes it is hard to avoid getting drenched in the rain, some may do it for the thrill whilst others are just at the wrong place and at the wrong time. Therefore, it is wise to get home and take a warm shower to prevent oneself from catching the common flu and it also helps to bring back your body temperature to a normal.
5. Washing your hands frequently
During the monsoon season, common cases of flu and viral infection can worsen. To be safe, wash your hands frequently with a hand sanitizer or soap. To maintain nail hygiene, it is recommended to keep your nail cuticles clean to prevent any fungal infections which are active during the damp season.
6. Do not touch electric wires
One of the most important safety measures is to stay away from electric wires which are fallen on the ground or even the ones that pass across your building. They are known to have a high risk of injury or even death. If you come across active wires, please stay away from them as there is a high chance of you being electrocuted.
7. Keep mosquitoes out
Stagnant water and damp areas are the breeding grounds for mosquitoes that could give you health diseases such as malaria and dengue. It is quite difficult to avoid mosquitoes altogether however keeping your home clean, checking areas that are prone to water accumulation, or even disposing of organic garbage at a timely manner will allow you to keep the mosquitoes away. Shutting windows or balcony doors will protect your furniture or corners from a buildup of stagnant water. You may also use a mosquito repellent or an electric bat to protect yourself.
8. Drive with caution
During the rains, it is beautiful to take long drives and listen to the raindrops falling on the ground however with heavy rains comes the risk of accidents. Given that the roads are slippery and visibility may be low, you must maintain distance between the vehicle in In front of you as well as turn on your headlights to have more visibility.
9. Prepare an emergency evacuation kit
Over the years, natural calamities have been unpredictable resulting in flood conditions that have destroyed homes and lives. Having a kit prepared for yourself and your family during a crisis will help you act quickly in case of an emergency. Make a list of the basic necessities and store them in an accessible area that can help you quickly evaluate if needed.
Monsoon is a beautiful and cheerful season that raises our spirits but our health is exposed to risks. With the simple recommendations, we hope you stay safe and enjoy the rest of this season happily. Have a wonderful season ahead!