Dr. Rachel is here today to share her words of wisdom on staying healthy. Doc received her medical training on the streets of life, and throughout her son’s stint in preschool.
Translation: take all of this with a grain of salt. I’m not a doctor.
I loathe being sick, folks. It’s the least fun thing I can think of to do. Besides maybe cleaning the bathroom. But even cleaning the bathroom leaves me with a sense of satisfaction and pride. Being sick? Notsomuch. I do my best to stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can. As a mom of two little people, that’s not an easy task to accomplish. Over the last six years of being a mom, I’ve learned a thing or two about keeping the sickies, ickies, and germies at bay. This isn’t a foolproof list and definitely not foolproof tips — I’m suffering from post-nasal drip as I type this, my kids have runny noses, my husband may or may not have had a fever a couple of days ago — but every little bit counts. So check out my tips for staying healthy this season!
8 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy This Season
1. Wash your hands, people!!
Seriously. What’s the number one easiest and best way to prevent the spread of germs? Washing your hands. For those of us not living in a third world country, this should be a pretty easy thing to do. Put your hands under (preferably warm) running water, lather up with handsoap (not antibacterial!), sing your ABCs (either out loud or in your head), and rinse the germies down the drain. Bada bing, bada boom. Sayonara germies.
2. Ah-choo into a tis-sue.
(See what I did there?) Sneeze into a tissue, and then wash your hands. And if you don’t have any tissues on hand, learn the…
3. Dracula Sneeze.
Our kids have been taught this time and again. Instead of sneezing directly into your hand, like many of us were taught, sneeze into the inner elbow of your arm. This will catch the germs from flying into the air, but not end up on your hands where the germs can be easily passed on to the next person. If you’re wearing a suit or don’t like the idea of sneezing into your own shirt, you should probably ah-choo into a tis-sue instead.
4. Invest in oranges and orange juice.
Vitamin C is the end-all, be-all to staying healthy. Yeah, that’s true, I probably did just embellish that a bit. But even if I did, there’s still a lot of truth to it. Vitamin C is loaded with antioxidants and boosts your immune system in ways other vitamins and minerals can’t and won’t. During the hibernation months, I always make sure we are stocked up on vitamin C.
5. Stay active!
One of the best ways to keep yourself healthy and your immune system in check is to stay healthy! It’s so easy to become lax and lethargic when it’s cold and gross outside. But the more active you are, the more your body is working and producing antibodies to keep the ickies at bay. You might want to start taking up a sport regularly, as this is a great way to constantly remain active and improve your cardio. You might want to start attending something like tennis lessons, as tennis is a hugely beneficial sport for improving fitness.
6. Sleep, baby, sleep.
Getting ample sleep is one of the surest ways to stay healthy. Sleep resets and recharges your mind, body, and soul. Without ample sleep. your body works on overtime and one of the first things to be pushed to the wayside to ensure your vitals keep ticking is — you guessed it! — your immune system.
Think back to a stressful time in your life. Did you get sick while you were stressed out, or perhaps immediately after the stressful situation ended? That’s because stress suppresses the immune system. If you’re having trouble dealing with stress, see options 5 and 6 above to help out.
8. Get a flu shot! Get a flu shot!! Get a flu shot!!!
It’s true — they don’t always help. But when they do, they do. Better safe than sorry. I got the flu twice in one year. It was awful. Get a flu shot!
If you dislike being sick as much as I do, take heed of this advice. I didn’t make this all up. After many years of being on the front lines of preschool and now elementary school, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. Let’s all do our best to stay healthy and stop the spread of germs. Ick!
Stay healthy and happy, friends!
Share with me one tip/trick that’s helped YOU stay healthy!