Close your door to cool off and avoid getting a cold, and you’ll avoid a potentially nasty cold or flu infection.
It’s a simple technique that works, and it can help prevent more serious illness.
ABC Health’s Victoria Leong explains how to do it, and how to avoid getting it.
The key is to lock your door when you’re not using it, says Victoria Leinonen, clinical psychologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
“It’s a very good idea to lock the door when not using the door.
You can still open it if you’re going out, and that way you can take care of yourself,” she says.
“It’s not like you need to leave your room, or you need the whole house to be closed off.
You can still take advantage of the extra space and take the stairs, for example.”
If you’re stuck at home, consider going for a walk or cycling, or go for a bike ride to help you get around.
When the chill strikes, make sure you’re warm and comfortable, but don’t forget to keep the door closed.
For some people, cold can make it difficult to feel the chill.
But if you need a break, take a walk, cycle or get out of the house, and close the door, you’ll be in good shape.
Leinonen recommends staying in bed until you’re feeling better.
If your symptoms do start to worsen, call your GP, nurse or pharmacist.
Stay safe when you use your home as a hospital If you get sick, it can be very stressful.
You may be put under intense pressure to perform tasks or take on extra tasks to make your ward look nice.
Even if you don’t have a serious illness, you can still have a stressful time at work or school, because you’ll get stressed and feel overwhelmed.
“If you do get a cold and the flu, there’s a lot of work that’s going to be put into making sure that the wards are safe for patients and staff,” says Leininen.
It’s important to make sure that your home is safe for you to stay at.
You need to make a list of things to do outside, including things to keep away from the cold, such as blankets and clothing.
If you do have a cold or a flu, keep a cold bag, warm clothes and warm drinks close by.
And don’t let your children play outside.
They can easily get a chill.
Don’t put your children to bed alone If you don, there are some things you can do to protect yourself from a cold.
Keep your room in a cool, dark place.
You don’t want them overheating if you go into the dark.
If possible, try to keep it in a dark area.
Avoid leaving your bedroom door open.
Close the windows to keep out the cold and heat.
Put a thick blanket or fleece under the door to keep you cool.
If there’s no window open, take it out and put it on a wall or a peg.
Keep a blanket or jacket under your bed and close it up if possible.
Keep a clean bedsheet and washcloth in the room.
Put the sheets and washcloths in a bin if possible to make it easier to dry them when you get home.
Get a good night’s rest The most important thing is that you take a good rest and don’t overheat.
You shouldn’t be taking on too much work when you are sick, but keep your body in good condition.
And remember, you’re very likely to feel more tired when you have a flu or cold than when you don.
Get plenty of fluids, so that your body can keep itself hydrated and fight off the virus.
Avoid strenuous exercise or sports activities if you have one.
Use common sense and use the cold weather to your advantage If you have the flu or are getting sick, keep the following tips in mind: Limit strenuous activities to one or two times a week.