Nothing ruins the holidays faster than being sick. With so much to do, from shopping and wrapping to cooking and baking, being down for the count is out of the question. It is early in the season, plenty of time for prevention, so follow these tips and keep your family feeling great all season long.
1. Scrub a Dub. Washing your hands frequently throughout the day, especially in public places, will help stop the spread of germs. Stopping to wash your hands when you get home will prevent any germs you’ve brought in from spreading to the entire family.
2. Hand Sanitizer. There’s no need to douse yourself in this astringent stuff every five minutes, but from time to time you might want to de-germ and there might not be a sink around. Leaving the doctor’s office or cleaning shopping cart handles are two times you’ll be glad you had it with you.
3. Get Your ZzZzZz’s. A nap a day keeps the doctor away. OK, so we can’t all have a nap every day but we can all make sure we get to bed on time. Plenty of rest gives your immune system the boost it needs to keep you going strong.
4. Salad. Plenty of fruits and vegetables will increase your vitamin intake and give your immune system a jump on the flu. Avoid junk foods that will only distract your body away from being healthy – let it focus on the good stuff.
5. Vitamins. Just in case, take a daily multivitamin. Don’t think of them as an excuse not to eat your vegetables. Instead, they are reassurance that all of the vitamin categories are covered.
6. Drown a Cold. Or is it feed a cold? Whatever the saying is, drink plenty of water. Water will help your body flush out toxins and other waste. Plus, staying hydrated will help balance your appetite so you’ll be less likely to indulge in those sweet holiday treats.
7. Do Shots. Flu shots, that is. Although some tasty egg nog might be in order after you get stuck. Getting immunized early means you’ll be protected from most strains of the flu virus for the entire season.
8. Easy On the Booze. It can be hard to resist joining in and having drinks when everyone is gathered around – but stay strong! Alcohol will impact your judgement so you’ll be less likely to do everything else you’re supposed to be doing to take care of yourself. Plus, it’s dehydrating and it will make you feel terrible in the morning. Have a cocktail or join in on a toast, then switch to sparkling water.
9. Get Your Sweat On. Keep up with your exercise routine, and add a little extra if you can. Not only will this keep your immune system in check, your metabolism will be revved up so you’ll have more energy to check items off of your to-do list, and burn off any treats that were too irresistible.
10. Get Snuggly. If you’ve done all of the above and you ended up with the cold or flu anyway, stay home. You will get better faster and end up getting more done in the long run. BONUS: you won’t get all of us sick if you stay home!