Cold and flu season is officially upon us, so preparing now for sick days will make the days when you’re feeling under the weather a little bit easier to deal with.
There are ways you can prepare using vitamins and supplements, making sure you’ve stocked up on antibacterial products, and making sure you have enough pillows and blankets to relax comfortably without worrying about spreading any illness.
At Infinite Wellness in Warrington, we have a wellness center that’s dedicated to helping people feel healthier year round — whether it’s cold and flu season or not. Keep reading for more information on how to keep from getting sick, as well as how to prepare for days when you are sick. Don’t forget to check out the different therapies and wellness programs we offer at our wellness center, and contact us to schedule an appointment.
Create Your Cold & Flu Kit
One of the best ways you can prepare for sick days is by stocking your medicine cabinet with vitamins, supplements, and medications that will help treat your cold and prevent you from getting sick. Include products like vitamin C, fever and pain reducers, decongestants, nasal spray, and throat lozenges.
You’ll also want items like a thermometer, a humidifier, plenty of tissues, hand sanitizer, and antibacterial soap. These can help alleviate symptoms and prevent the spread of germs.
Stock Your Pantry & Fridge
When you’re feeling sick, it’s not uncommon to lose your appetite. In order to recover though, you still need to eat and drink plenty of fluids. Fill your pantry with foods that are easy to make, like chicken noodle soup, crackers, and herbal tea.
Water is going to be the best way for you to stay hydrated and prevent feeling any worse than you already do, but you can also try 100% fruit juices for the extra vitamins, hot tea to soothe your throat, and sports drinks to help restore electrolytes.
Develop Hygienic Habits
Practicing more hygienic habits won’t just protect you from getting sick, but it can also help to prevent the spread of germs if you do get sick, and can help you recover more quickly. This hygienic habits include:
- Washing your hands with antibacterial soap after coughing or sneezing
- Avoiding touching your face
Using paper goods when you’re sick, which includes:
- Paper towels
- Paper plates and cups
- Disposable silverware
These habits will help reduce the spread of germs so you won’t get sick, won’t get others sick, and won’t reintroduce germs into your system and keep you sick. When you visit a wellness center like Infinite Wellness, you can also learn tips to help boost your immune system so your body can fight illnesses more effectively.
Cold and flu germs can survive on surfaces outside of the body, which means that surfaces that are touched regularly could be harboring viruses. Use a disinfectant to wipe down areas of your home that are touched or used often, such as door handles, faucets, cabinets, countertops, and tables. The bathroom especially can become a danger zone for germs, so make sure to wear gloves and clean it more often when someone is sick.
You’ve probably heard the saying that, “the best treatment is prevention,” which is especially true when it comes to cold and flu season. Make sure you and your family receive a flu vaccine to protect yourselves from the most harmful and common strains of viruses this season.
Many pharmacies offer flu vaccines, but you can also visit a wellness center or doctor’s office to receive a vaccination.
Make a Sick-Day Plan
Do you know if you have sick days saved up at work? Can you work from home when you have a cold? What about when your child is sick — who stays home to take care of them? These are important questions to answer before someone in your household gets sick so you’re mentally prepared for when they are.
Figure out who can stay home when the kids are sick, whether you have sick days or need to take unpaid time off when you’re ill, and check with family, friends, and neighbors to see if they’re comfortable helping out when someone in your family is sick.
Rest & Recover
When you are sick, the best thing you can do for yourself and everyone you live or work with is to stay home and rest. Your immune system is working hard to fight off illness, so you’re likely going to be more tired and out of it anyway. By allowing your body to rest, it can focus on ridding your body of germs to help you get better faster.
When you stay home and away from others, you’re also preventing the spread of these germs so it can’t continue to circulate through your home or around your office.
Visit a Wellness Center
Another way to prepare for the cold and flu season is to make sure you’re as healthy as possible now so that, if and when you do get sick, you won’t feel the effects as severely. At Infinite Wellness in Warrington, our wellness center provides a variety of therapies and wellness programs to help restore the healthy function of your body. Our wellness center staff can also help you form healthier habits so that you’re less likely to get sick. Contact us today if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.