No one enjoys getting sick. And as we approach that difficult time of year where the flu, stomach bugs, and the common cold become widespread, it can get difficult to fend off these viruses – not only for your kids, but for you too!
I’m not a doctor, but I have done some research and can also suggest some tidbits from personal experience:
- It goes without saying that the most common tip from experts is to wash your hands. Try washing them or using a sani wipe whenever you enter a new place (ex. a store , daycare center, etc).
- Pay attention to your moon cycle. Have you ever noticed that you get sick more often either during or immediately after your period? There is a correlation between your period and your immune system, so try to take extra care of yourself during that time of month.
- Sleep is important. Studies have shown that a lack of it can bring on all kinds of health problems. While it might be tempting to trade-off a good night’s sleep for work, choosing sleep is better for your immune system.
- Look out for post-nasal drip. Without proper attention, it can turn into an upper respiratory infection that lingers and sends you to the doctor. This may sound gross, but spit it out. Try different remedies and find what works best for you. Some people swear by Vitamin C, the Netty Pot, antihistamines, expectorants, herbal remedies, etc.
- Finally, if you do catch a bug, try to stay home and get over it right away. Go to the doctor to make sure nothing serious is going on. Going to work with a cold will just prolong it, make you less productive, and pass on germs to others.
Looking for more information? Check out the Health Magazine Cold and Flu Prevention Center.