June – September, recorded as the months when it comes down like crazy, flooding places, brings a plethora of viral infections and diseases, which many are familiar as ‘the monsoon season’.
Lucky for people living in the part where the monsoon rains are nothing but a pleasant experience that comes to save the day after long hours of scorching heat, devastating for the people on the other hand where monsoon is a monster draining their homes, nobody asked for.
While this is a part of the sad natural reality that is inexorable, people do love rains especially in the part where it gets fiery hot and a little bit of drizzle and breeze puts them at ease, sets the mood for long drives, a chill lunch, or the best, lazing at home with your coffee reading a book or watching your unfinished series.
While all of this sounds very relaxing and whatnot, monsoon means rains, humidity, moisture which sounds perfect for the flu causing virus and bacteria to thrive well. Most people fall ill during this season, and with the third wave of covid19 looming around, it’s way scarier than just getting your good ol’ viral.
So, you should relax and make the most of this pleasant season, but you need to be careful, making some lifestyle changes for monsoon might be a little time-consuming but it most probably will prevent any kind of disease and keep infections at bay.
1. Immunity boosters – it’s important to choose what you eat since a lot of it contributes to building your immunity. Vibrant foods such as turmeric, ginger, broccoli, carrots etc are good for health, as these foods are jam-packed with anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants crucial to fight infections. Fruits like, apples, jamuns, litchi, plums, cherries, peaches, papayas, pears and pomegranates are some of the best additions to your diet in the rainy season to improve the immune system. Avoid watermelon and muskmelon. Consuming hot fluids also helps with flu or cold-like herbal tea of any kind. The water should be clean and boiled from time to time to ensure it’s safe for drinking.
2. Mosquito repellents – frequent rains lead to forming pools of water collected around which makes a perfect place for the breeding of mosquitoes. Deadly diseases like dengue, malaria etc are caused by various species of mosquitoes. Since monsoon is also the mosquito season it’s necessary you wear mosquito repellants every time you walk out of the house. Do not let water stagnate around your house and wear full-sleeved clothing.
3. Avoid eating out – in the rainy season you must avoid street food or eat in any open space stalls given they’re directly exposed to the outside environment, and proper hygiene is not guaranteed, the likelihood of falling sick is higher during the season and should be avoided.
4. Stay fit – many people tend to slack off giving in to the lazy rainy weather, you’re allowed to indulge in all the leisure but don’t ditch the workout. Staying physically active is important compared to what the season might tell you.
Taking care of your health should be the utmost priority of everyone given the tough times we’re all suffering. We must realize our responsibility and enjoy the rain by staying indoors.
- Clean the house
- Read a good book
- Watch something
- Experiment with cooking comfort food perfect for the weather
- Spend more time with your family and loved ones
- Take a long bath, give yourself a spa day, pamper yourself, give extra attention to your skincare.
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