Happy Sunday! Our very first Sunday of 2018!
Originally, I had planned on writing up a little something concerning mindset and gratitude. But yesterday, throughout the day, I started to notice a familiar little tingle in the back of my throat. Granted, I went to bed pretty late the night before and still woke up early and went about my day. I was planning on taking a nice afternoon nap, but I was surprised with a burst of energy and by the time I was actually ready to relax, I didn’t have the time. Go figure, right?
Getting sick usually happens at the most inopportune time. I have so much planned these next few weeks. I simply cannot get sick.
I’d say that’s probably the vast majority of people.
I have a few tricks up my sleeve to try to stave off this potential cold/flu virus and I thought I would share them with all of you this week.
Let’s get started!
Disinfect all common surfaces.
Grab out your Lysol wipes, paper towels and cleaner spray, whatever you use and spend 5-10 minutes wiping down all door knobs, faucets, light switches, TV remotes, and whatever else you can think of that everyone is always touching. Clean your computer, keyboard, mouse, tablet, phone, all electronics as well. I like to use a paper towel with a bit of hand sanitizer to wipe down most of that. Be sure to use something that is electronic friendly.
Run your humidifier/vaporizer.
I love to have my humidifier running with a little Vicks solution to spread that euclyptus scent throughout my house. Be careful with this, though. You don’t want to put too much humidity in the air. The general consensus on the ideal humidity level is a range between 30% and 50%. It all depends on your home. For us, we strive to maintain a delicate balance between our dehumidifier and our humidifier.
I found these three articles helpful:
Humidifiers: Air moisture eases skin, breathing symptoms
How to Maintain the Proper Humidity Levels in Your Home
Relative Humidity and Your Home
H2O and Orange Juice
Staying hydrated is important, especially if you are starting to feel sick. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Adding pieces of fruit or splashes of lemon juice is a great way to mix it up!
I also love to have an extra glass or two of orange juice when I’m feeling under the weather. The vitamin C does wonders for your immune system. Because I am not a fan of milk, I always choose orange juice with added calcium and vitamin D.
Tea has many benefits. When your throat is sore, nothing is better than a cup of soothing hot tea. When I start to feel sick, I reach for Yogi Echinacea tea. I also love Yogi Kava tea. Both are delicious and great for boosting the immune system and de-stressing.
Wash your hands.
The single best way to stop the spread of germs is by washing your hands. This is so important. I used to work in the healthcare field, and this was always the number one thing that was emphasized. Everyone should wash their hands, but when you’re starting to feel sick, be even more mindful of lathering up.
It is so wonderful to sink in to a bathtub full of hot bubbles and relax. An epsom salt bath is always a good choice, too, if it’s available to you. When I don’t have any epsom salt, I like to add a little baking soda to my bath for a detox. I think it’s more mind over matter with the baking soda, but hey, whatever works, right? haha!
Last, but not least, my favorite: sleep. I think part of my problem right now is that I didn’t get enough sleep. Getting to bed at a decent time is a struggle sometimes. There is just so much to do. However, your body needs rest, especially if you’re starting to feel sick. We can’t always control what time we need to be up. (I have to be up at 4:50am each morning) So, try your very best to get to bed early, or at least at a decent time. I always shoot for 9pm. Most days I get there right around 9pm, but life gets busy and there are nights when I’m lucky to get there at 10pm. Getting to bed early when you are starting to feel sick might just help prevent you from getting full blown sick.
Those are the seven main things I do when I start feeling unwell. Do you have any tried and true tricks? Share them with me in the comments. I’d love to know anything else I can do. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and my thoughts positive that I’m going to be feeling better later today.
Have a wonderful Sunday!