Thank you to Kleenex brand for sponsoring this conversation on ways to fight cold and flu season. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Cold and flu season is fast approaching whether we like it or not. For me, once my allergies start to die down, the impending cold comes along. I usually get my flu shot for some protection but I know that there are also ways to fight cold and flu season and hopefully keep those yucky germs at bay. Of course, with kiddos in school sometimes this is just unavoidable as schools seem to just be a breeding ground for all types of illness. But, I can always take preventative measures at home to hopefully minimize the spread of those germs throughout the family.
As a child, I had the misfortune of getting the flu right around Christmas. For at least three years straight, I can remember being in my room while everyone else opened presents. My mom would bring my presents to me, along with some soup and plenty of Kleenex facial tissue. So to me, it was also a way that my mom would show that she cared. In fact, for as long as I can remember; Kleenex facial tissue was always a part of our home- especially during allergy, cold and flu season; so pretty much all year round.
Because of this, I’ve tried to keep this on hand in my own home. Of course, having a toddler around means having to be a little creative with placement because otherwise we’ll have a pile of tissue on the ground instead of neatly in the box. And, I don’t know about you, but they just don’t go in the same way. Or at least not for me when I try to restuff them in there.
I keep one box on my desk, because it’s where I work and since it’s in the dining room; my desk area is a convenient spot when people are coming in and out.
Of course, when Squeaker is around, I have to move the box to the top of my desk so she can’t reach it. Otherwise I end up with a pile of tissue on my desk instead of in the box.
Another spot that we keep a Kleenex facial tissue, is in the living room since everyone is in there at some point or another during the day. The boys like to play video games downstairs, and we do half of Squeaker’s tot school activities in the living room as well. Right now it’s on the sewing table/end table that’s also doubling as a stand for the (mostly) empty fish tank.
I love the different patterns and colors that the Kleenex brand boxes have! There’s pretty much something for everyone when it comes to matching your home decor.
Finally, we always keep a box in the bathroom. I would also start keeping a box in the upstairs hallway, but just like the toddler likes to attack the tissue; so does the cat. And since the cat likes to hang out upstairs, usually so she can hide from the toddler, I try to keep the number of cat-attack items to a minimum.
5 Ways to Fight Cold and Flu Season
Keeping plenty of Kleenex facial tissue on hand is just one way that I try to fight cold and flu season. Here are 5 more ways:
1. Get plenty of exercise. Exercise is a great way of keeping your body healthy. A healthy body also means a healthy immune system, and the stronger your immune system is, the better chance it has at fending off any pesky invaders like the flu. So keeping it in running order is important.
2. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. While getting exercise is important, your body needs the proper fuel as well. Your body is a machine like any other, it needs proper care and fuel to run, fruits and vegetables have needed vitamins and minerals to keep your body and your immune system running.
3. Get plenty of rest. One of the best ways to Fight flu germs is to simply make sure you get plenty of rest. It can be difficult in a hectic life, especially during the flu season when there just seems to be so much you need to do. But you should try to ensure you get plenty of sleep so your body is well rested and able to fight off invaders.
4. Keep your hands clean. In your daily life you touch quite a few things, from objects to people. This allows you to pick up all sorts of nasty germs just waiting to do your body harm. Pretty much all of these will be dealt with by your immune system, but if your immune system is busy fighting other germs, flu germs may slip past your defenses and start mucking things up. So keeping your hands clean limits the amount of germs you are taking in, allowing your anti-bodies to focus on the real threat.
5. Get a flu shot. The ultimate way to Fight flu germs is to simply get a vaccine. Vaccines work by introducing an inert virus into your body, allowing your immune system to kill it and learn what exactly it is. Once your immune system learns what it is, it can make anti-bodies designed specifically to target and kill that virus, meaning when a flu germ gets inside you, your immune system can react much quicker in destroying it.
How will you fight cold and flu season this year? Will you share Kleenex facial tissue as a gesture of care?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kleenex brand.