As a registered nurse, I know this “season” all too well. I prepared for it for 2 months this fall working in the flu shot clinic at work and gave almost 40 flu shots each day. It’s just that time of year when germs start circulating and people begin falling ill. I work in the clinic setting so I see lots of colds and stomach flus come through around this time of year and it can be so hard on your body. It can be stressful if you’re missing work as well, and the added stress doesn’t do anything good for your immune system.
When and if you get sick this year (which I hope you do not), my first piece of advice for you is to just take the time to truly rest and relax and let your body heal. There’s nothing worse than just fighting through it– you’ll end up staying sicker much longer than expected.
If you know someone who isn’t feeling so well or if you’re not feeling well yourself, I recommend you take a look at this little “get well soon care package” and make note of a few great items that can make al the difference when you’re feeling under the weather.
one | Magazines: If there’s nothing worse than being stuck in bed, it’s being stuck in bed with absolutely nothing to do. Being sick can be such a drag, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to read for pleasure and catch-up on your favorite magazines, right?
two | Chloraseptic Spray: This spray provides tried and true sore throat relief. I remember my parents always having a bottle on hand growing up and it was always our go-to when we were experiencing a sore throat. I guess they knew what they were talking about, because it’s also the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for sore throat sprays! You just spray it on the back of your throat and will be provided with relief within seconds. They also have lozenges available, too! You can grab a coupon HERE.
three | Chicken Noodle Soup: Because there’s absolutely nothing better than chicken noodle soup with a side of buttered toast when you’re sick. Or, for that matter, even when you’re not!
four | Tea: Hot tea is so soothing on sore throats and can sometimes even help with congestion making this the perfect contribution to our “get well care package.”
five | a Thermometer: Not everyone has a thermometer like you may think. Put your friend or family member in charge of their health and purchase a cheap thermometer for them to have on hand. High temperatures can come with many other symptoms, but the only way to know for sure is by measuring it with a thermometer.
Tips to Stay Healthy:
1. Wash you hands. I know you’ve probably heard this dozens of times, but it really is the best defense against the dreaded cold and flu germs.
2. Exercise, eat healthy, and avoid stress as much as possible. Keeping your body in tip-top shape with exercise and nutrient-rich foods will help keep your immune system functioning and ready to fight off any germs that come your way.
3. Get vaccinated! The CDC recommends the influenza vaccine for anyone over the age of 6 months, but especially encourages the very young, the very old and those who are pregnant to receive the vaccine. This year’s vaccine seems to be a good match thus far and it’s only January– you still have plenty of time to get it!
And I might just have to hop on my soap box for a second here, too, but hear me out. If you’re sick, please for the sake of everyone else, stay home. Do not go to work sick, do not go to the grocery store sick and for goodness sake, do not let your children go to school or daycare sick. It’s just not nice!
What else would you include in this get well basket?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.