Tips and Tricks to Avoid the Flu this Season
So, you want to avoid the flu this season? Welcome to the party. There’s nothing worse than getting those first muscle aches and chills from a fever. Then the congestion, runny nose, headache and cough just lead you to want to avoid interaction with other people all day. Here’s my two cents on how to at least TRY to avoid the flu this year.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, just a girl who hates being sick and wants to help other avoid being sick as well.
Step 1: Flu Shot
Although I’ve never personally understood the whole “put the virus in your body to avoid the virus” thing – science proves it works a lot of the time. So, let’s go for it.
The CDC does extensive research to pick three or four flu viruses each season that are researched and expected to make people sick. The viruses are always changing and adapting and there are different causes to why a certain virus would be prominent in a particular season. This is crazy fascinating to me.
Going to your doctor or local pharmacy (CVS and Walgreens always offer the shots around flu season for a pretty affordable price) and getting the shot is a solid first step to avoid the flu.
Step 2: Go on the offensive against germs
This step requires a little more action on your part. Defense will not be enough. Cosmopolitan magazine has some tips to prevent the spread of germs. Using these and some of my own, here is a pretty solid list:
- Wash your hands OFTEN for the full 15 seconds with soap and warm water
- Use hand sanitizer if you cannot wash your hands, but not as a replacement
- Keep the window closed
- Clean your house/apartment as much as possible
- Don’t share food or drinks during the peak flu season (October – November)
- Avoid people who currently have the flu or are beginning to be symptomatic
- Do not touch your nose, eyes or mouth before your hands are washed
- Drink lots of water
Step 3: Take care of your body
You should always be taking care of your body (I mean you do only get one in this life), but especially during flu season.
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep for your personal needs – can be anywhere between 6-8 hours. This means what your body NEEDS. It doesn’t mean just get enough to get by and function. If your body is well rested – it is able to better fight germs.
Focus on healthy foods that give your body the nutrients and energy it needs to fully combat the germs you interact with on a daily basis. Healthline recommends some foods that help with immune system boosting, here’s a few to consider adding to your diet:
- Citrus foods
- Green tea
Get physical. A Reader’s Digest article actually states that only 20 minutes of exercise a day is proven to improve immune system function. This could just be a short walk in the morning, during your lunch break, or in the evening before bed.
Take time to RELAX. Okay this is one everyone should jump with joy about because who doesn’t like to relax? If you don’t, come chat with me – I would love to pick your brain.
Final Step: Avoid the Flu
I know I listed like A MILLION things to try to keep track of. Obviously you don’t have to do every single one religiously. If you are making an effort to keep germs away and prevent the flu – I’m hopeful you will avoid the flu this season.