Like approximately 70% of the U.S. population, I’m currently feeling a cold coming on. This is no fun. And the unfun factor increases exponentially, I have found, when your child gets sick too. Which he was last week, but is on the mend. So, I’m currently employing my most aggressive anti-sickness campaign, partially to avoid sickness for myself, but mostly to protect the rest of my household.
My extremely-unoriginal-but-worth-repeating-because-I-always-seem-to-take-them-for-granted-until-I’m-laid-out-with-a-cold tips for winter wellness:
I got a flu shot. Apparently these are controversial. My plug: I used to not get one because I considered myself young and healthy and preferred avoiding needles. Since pregnancy, when I was highly advised to get one, and now with a toddler at home, you’d better believe that I’m first in line for my annual flu shot. Other convincing came from my good friend who works in public health and has all the stats on worldwide diseases and their devastating effects and introduced me to the concept of “herd immunity.” Also, like you, I’ve been reading about how this is shaping up to be a bad flu season AND a colleague is currently out sick with influenza … so, here’s hoping this precaution comes through for me!
I’m drinking a lot of water and tea and avoiding most other beverages.
I’m taking elderberry syrup daily. I made some via this simple recipe, and while I can’t tell you for sure if it’s “working” or not (I’ve never taken it before and I have nothing to compare it to), I figure the investment is low for potentially high return (ie: health!). And, worst case scenario: placebo effect.
I’m taking my daily multivitamin. Rich in Vitamin D and B (among many many others).
I’m eating lots of veggies! And trying to avoid sugar.
I’m trying to get my 8 hours of sleep. I did swimmingly at this over the Christmas holiday, when we were all off of our regular routines, and I’m hoping to be diligent about it even as we ease back to typical workweek grind.
Wishing you wellness this week and this season!