Cold and flu season is upon us and, if you haven’t gotten your yearly flu shot, you are probably nervous about shaking of another kind. The chills, sore throat and fever that accompany most winter illnesses are no fun but you can find some comfort in the fact that most last no more than ten days. There are ways to avoid getting sick when the weather turns chilly, and none of them involves wearing a sweater. My doctor was kind enough to share her favorite ‘stay well & get well’ tips with me so that I could pass them on to you. After all, if you’re too sick to read my blog—you’re too sick. Or something like that.
• Get a flu shot—many docs give them for free, or for a nominal fee. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
• Wash your hands…a lot.
• Eat right and exercise—staying strong is a great way to bolster your immune system.
• Sleep…at least seven to eight hours a night. You don’t have to tell me twice.
• Relax! Stress is a killer, not only can it keep you up nights, it can make you sick as well. Find a way to reduce your stress like yoga or meditation.
• If you do get sick, sleep as much as possible and drink lots of warm liquids like tea, chicken soup and hot water with lemon.
• Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for aches and fever.
• Use cough syrup and cough drops to reduce coughing and soothe a sore throat.
• Ease your stuffy or runny nose by using saline nose spray and use a humidifier at night.
I hope you find these tips useful and that you pass through the winter cold and flu season with your health intact. To show your clients and employees how much you care, give them a gift that helps them regain their health in the event they aren’t so lucky. The Travel Pill Box from Rush Imprint is sure to come in handy when you have to medicate on the run. Naturally, there is a large imprint area for your company logo or other message so your employees and customers will remember that their well-being is important to you.
Well, I’m off to pick up my daughter from school. She is grounded this week and can’t use the car. Sometimes I wonder who is punishing whom around here. Until next time, remember, “Health is not valued till sickness comes.” ~Thomas Fuller