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It’s that time of the year! And no, I don’t mean Christmas- for once. I’m talking about the dreaded cold and flu season. Today, I want to talk about how I stay healthy and on top of my game as a work at home mom. Granted, I can’t be 100% immune from a cold or the flu but I can take steps to ensure that I’m staying healthy during cold and flu season.
The flu is an inconvenient illness that can be a drain on your work and your social life.
It is best avoided if at all possible. Flu prevention can be difficult. The germs that cause the flu spread easily and they can be rampant in places that you go every day. Areas populated by lots of people, such as schools, office buildings, or public transportation, can provide the perfect environment for flu germs to spread.
Fortunately there are some easy steps that you can take to reduce your risk of coming down with the flu. Here are three tips to help you stay healthy and steer clear of germs.
1. Keep Your Hands Clean
This simple step is crucial to avoiding the flu and promoting good overall health. It is advisable to wash your hands on a regular basis throughout the day. Even if you are not in contact with a person who is infected with the flu, flu germs can still be present in crowded or public places. The flu is caused by a particularly infectious type of virus. It is important to remove it from your skin before it can take hold within your system. Simple soap and warm water can rid your hands of harmful bacteria and flu germs. It can also be helpful to keep a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. This can eliminated germs and offer further protection against sickness.
2. Be Careful What You Touch
It can be difficult to avoid places that may have been exposed to the flu. Most public spaces may have had some exposure to flu germs. However, you can be careful where you put your hands. Things that are frequently touched such as handrails, doorknobs or countertops tend to have a higher concentration of germs. Furthermore, you should avoid touching your face, nose and mouth. This is a common habit that tends to spread the germs you come in contact with and cause them to infect your body. Breaking this habit can be a huge help in your mission to avoid the flu.
3. Get a Flu Shot
The flu virus exists in multiple strains. It is impossible for a vaccination to offer a complete guarantee of protection. However, getting a flu shot is still the safest and most proven way to avoid infection. These shots are given to millions of people each year and help them stay healthy, especially during the months when the flu runs rampant. It is a quick and easy process that can go a long way towards preserving your health.
Keep a Cold and Flu Kit
If you should come down with the flu or a cold, here are a few things to keep on hand:
- Cough drops
- Bigelow Tea
Its true that yes, I do love my coffee. But when I have a cold or the flu, I prefer to drink tea. A hot cup of tea helps me with sore throat and to relax. I have fond memories of my grandmother making me a cup of Constant Comment tea whenever I was a little under the weather. And now, I also turn to Bigelow Green Tea.
Day and night, Bigelow is my tea brand of choice.
- Family owned for three generations
- Foil packets to keep the tea fresh
- a variety of teas to suit every taste and need
- Made in the USA
- Learn more about Bigelow by visiting them on Facebook or following them on Twitter and Instagram!
Sometimes I like to leave these around for a friend who may need them. I do try to include a little note so they know what’s in the package.
You can download your copy: Gift Tag Printable
And you can take this with you to wherever you purchase your favorite flavor of Bigelow Tea to create a kit.
What else would you include in your get well kit?