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There are a lot of things I love about this time of year. Crisp, fall air feels wonderful after the heat of summer. The holiday food and gift giving are loads of fun. Decorations going up make my heart happy. However, I am not a huge fan of germs, stress, and exhaustion! Hearing someone sneeze near me while I am out shopping makes me cringe. I look at the grocery store cart handle suspiciously, wondering how many contagious little children have left their germs behind on it. Naps and chocolate therapy and more time to get things done are high on my list of things I love. Feeling good during the winter months isn’t always easy when we have so many demands on our time and germs trying to take us down a notch. Last year was a rough one for me in terms of illness and I’m not looking forward to a repeat. Since I’m going on an international trip next month, I really need to keep up my energy, get stuff done and focus on staying healthy. Want to make the most of your time this winter? Here are a few tips for feeling good that might come in handy.
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Tips for Feeling Good During Cold and Flu Season
Don’t overextend yourself
I know, this one is tough. There are so many things to do during this time of year. But, you CAN say no occasionally. Just because the PTA asks for homemade baked goods, classroom supplies, and a parent volunteer at the kids party doesn’t mean you have to do ALL of those things. Pick one or two and say no to a few things. You don’t have to be supermom!
Yes, I know. There are a TON of delicious holiday cookies and candy in the office during the holidays. And there is no reason you can’t enjoy a few. However, make sure to follow that up with a few fresh fruits and vegetables as well. Racing through the drive thru for dinner and living on energy bars and coffee for breakfast is not going to keep you healthy for very long. Learn to love your slow cooker. Buy a few pre-chopped vegetables at the store if you are pressed for time. Enlist the help of your very able bodied husband and children to help you get a healthy dinner on the table. Don’t neglect your diet because you are in a hurry.
Exercise Boosts Immunity!
One of the best tips for feeling good that I can give is to keep exercising. I know it isn’t easy with all that snow out there but exercise boosts immunity, gives you energy, and helps burn those calories you ate while nibbling on office Christmas cookies. Consider investing in a gym membership. Make it an early holiday gift to yourself. Buy a warm jacket, scarf, and hat and head out for a chilly, post dinner walk. Just running up and down your stairs for a few minutes is a great boost to your heart rate.
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Tackle germs naturally
There are germs EVERYWHERE this time of year. While I think the most important thing you can do is boost immunity, you also need to kill germs. These tips for feeling good won’t help at all if you bring home every bacteria and virus you come across. Wash your hands regularly with good old fashion soap and warm water. Keep your hands away from your face.
Buy yourself some natural hand sanitizer and chemical free sanitizing wipes. Keep them with you while you are out and about running errands. Sick people are out there just waiting to share their lovely germs with you. Keep your bathroom sink handles clean and change towels regularly. Sterilize your toothbrush regularly. There are many natural products that kill germs. Invest in a few!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.