Do you get a cold like clockwork, year after year? If you do, chances are you unwittingly performing a few of these cold-welcoming habits. It’s time to stop shaking hands and going to work sick (despite what your employer says) and to start washing those hands properly and getting adequate sleep.
Here are seven ways you’re begging to catch a cold this fall and winter…
You’re a Stress Case
A few days of stress won’t sentence you to a cold. However, if you constantly put yourself in a state of stress—between unreasonable work, family, and social obligations—you will inevitably wear yourself down.
According to a study featured in Psychology Today, stress places undue stress on the immune system, which leads to an inability to fight off germs and viruses. The study from Carnegie Mellon University found that cortisol, or stress hormone, damages the immune system, meaning if you’re stressed, you’ll fall sick more often than those with normal stress levels.