The holiday season is a time for food, friends, and germs to all come together.

Not only do germs circulate better in dry winter air, more time is spent indoors in close contact to people and the viruses they carry, increasing your risk of catching a cold.

Luckily, a few simple tips are all you need to keep you and your family happy and healthy this holiday season.

Get Enough Sleep

Tis the season for reports, final exams, and party planning – a small list of end-of-year tasks that often leave you with less sleep than your body needs. Sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on your immunity, leaving you more susceptible to colds. Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night to boost immunity and relieve stress.

Wash Your Hands

The first step towards avoiding colds is to wash your hands frequently. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds including the backs of hands and beneath fingernails. Be sure to carry hand sanitizer for when you can’t get to a sink.

Stay Active

When your days are filled with holiday tasks it’s hard to keep up your workout routine. Stay active during the holidays with blood-pumping activities like yoga, running, and dance to strengthen your immunity and flush out bacteria that could make you ill.

Staying healthy during cold season is easier than you think. Basic steps for prevention could be the difference between you  decking the halls and suffering with headaches, coughs and congestion.