No one likes to be sick, I know I don’t. So this post is a personal request from me, but on behalf of everyone else. Please if you are sick, stay home. Please don’t go to work, school, the store, or any other public place.
It always makes me a little nervous when I hear someone coughing and sneezing near me in public. I am wondering to myself “Am I going to get sick? How many days can I afford to be absent from work? Is my husband going to get sick too? Are we going to be sick together?”
Now, I do realize that this is a little extreme, and I try to stop myself before I think too far down that crazy path of WHAT IFs. So here are just a few basic tips to keep in mind this flu season.
1. Get a flu shot- I understand there is a lot of talk about pro’s and con’s for getting or not getting a flu shot, and I respect your opinion whatever it may be on that. But for me personally, I get one. It’s an extra defense against getting sick and missing work and missing bills and so forth.
2. Vitamin C is an excellent way to keep your immune system healthy and fight off a cold. Some people do a glass of orange juice every morning during the fall and winter seasons, and some vitamin supplements. But there are plenty of foods you can add to your menu to keep that C level up. Here are a few:
3. Stress. High levels of stress can wear your immune system down and make you more prone to being ill. I know, it’s the holidays, with lots to cook, clean, the in laws, the out laws, and holiday traffic stress seems inevitable. Try not to over burden yourself, and make too many obligations that are hard to keep. This should be a happy time of year! Be well!
4. Get those z’s. Lack of sleep can also wear your immune system down. Be sure to get a full night’s rest every night.
5, Stay hydrated. Keep liquids going. A bottle of water at your desk at work and glass of juice, water, tea, whatever on the kitchen counter at home is usually the way I keep reminding myself to drink something.
6. Eating well-balanced meals is also a good way to stay healthy and further rid off that cold. During the holidays it’s easy to find yourself eating foods that are too salty, starchy, or have too much sugar. Remembering to eat foods with protein, and leafy green veggies at home will keep some balance.
7. Vampire Cough, yeah, sounds corny….but coughing or sneezing into your elbow will help to eliminate the spread of germs compared to sneezing into your hand. Let’s face it- you don’t ALWAYS have a tissue on you, or can get to it in time to catch that sneeze/cough.
Just thinking about all the things I touch with my hands alone at work alone kinds grosses me out.
(funny bit from The Office)
8. Wash, wash, wash. I shouldn’t have to say this, but sadly I do. It’s amazing to think about the number of people who don’t wash their hands after using a public restroom. Amazing what I see at work and stores. Please wash your hands when leaving the restroom, preparing foods, handling babies and small children. It’s easier and more convenient than ever with all these special soaps, antibacterial no water gels, antibacterial hand wipes, really there’s no “I wasn’t near a sink” excuse anymore. Keeping some in your purse, car, desk, will help to see that you have some within reach when you may need it.
9. Don’t share food. Just don’t it’s gross. If you are at a party and there’s a yummy dip to try with that pita bread, stick a spoon in the dip. That will encourage others to spoon the dip on the plate and eat from there, rather than dip the bread into the bowl and eat over it.
10. Stay away from sick people. Give them their space. encourage them to rest put their feel up, get well. Be a good friend, drop off a meal and a box of tissues, but don’t breathe in their germs and come give me a hug. I love you, but I love my health too.
Be well this season!