Everyone seems to be getting a cold or the flu these days. Germs are among us as our kids bring them home from school. We attend holiday events hugging and kissing relatives and those dreaded work germs when that one person just couldn’t stay home.
So when do you know to put yourself back to bed or go through your day as much as normal as you can?
I’m sharing 10 tips for managing this cold and flu season.
1. Know The Difference
Cold symptoms are caused by rhinovirus. It develops gradually and lasts 7 to 10 days. The symptoms are usually sneezing, runny nose and or sore throat.
Flu symptoms are caused by Influenza viruses. It starts abruptly and lasts a week or two. The symptoms include aches, chills, headache, fever, and fatigue.
2. TAKE A SICK DAY
Send the kids to school and go back to bed. You’re no good to your family if you’re sick. I tell my family all the time, if this ship goes down then you’re all going with me.
The worst is when you show up to work sneezing and coughing everywhere. Don’t try to tough it out. You’ll just spread the virus. Get as much sleep as you can and be fever free for 24 hours.
3. GET A FLU SHOT
This is a hot topic in my household. It’s up to you. If you work a lot with the public it might be a smart idea. Ask your doctor. I personally don’t get them. I feel like I’m sicker when I get them, but who really knows.
4. Keep Your Hands Away From Your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
I have nose pickers in my house and I’m constantly telling them to stop. That’s how you get sick. I also use those wipes on my shopping carts. I saw a special on how germy they can be and a huge cause for getting a cold. Gross!!
5. Clean and Disinfect
Clean and disinfect surfaces in your home. Keep clean up wipes underneath your bathroom sinks for a quick wipe down. Don’t forget to wipe down cell phones, tablets, and laptops from any germs.
6. Wash Hands Often
Really wash your hands with soap and water. Also, sing “Happy Birthday while you are lathering up. Watch your kids. I find my girls to pump and rinse without ever lathering up with bubbles.
Be careful using hand sanitizer all of the time. Air dry your hands if you can or with a clean towel.
Also, check to make sure you have soap in all of your bathrooms. My kids weren’t even using soap because they were out it and, of course, no one told me. I keep extra hand soap under all of my sinks and one in the kitchen.
7. Stay Hydrated
The more water I drink the more I feel like the mucous flows as I have allergies. Keep that big cup filled all day long. Throw in some lemon slices or cucumber for a different flavor.
Since VSCO girls are all the rage in our house, I was happy to have a Hydro Flask around and filled at all times.
8. Sleep at Least Seven Hours Every Day
I know when my body is shutting down and that’s because I don’t listen. The laundry will always be there and your inbox will always be filled. So just go to bed when you need to and get those precious zzz’s. I’ve been taking Melatonin before bed to help stay asleep.
This sound machine has saved our lives. We’ve had it since the kids were babies. It’s the most soothing white noise and blocks out especially on a vacation.
9. Avoid Crowds
This is really hard to do, but do it if you can. With all of the South Florida events happening, most of them are outside which is good during the cold and flu season.
10. Stock Up
I’ve got the basics in my pantry. Select medicines based on your symptoms.
Purchase a cool-mist humidifier to keep some moisture in the air. My girls struggle with how to stop nosebleeds and this helps when the air gets too dry.
Have acetometaphine on stand by.
I like a travel mist humidifier because it doesn’t get the entire floor wet. You just need a little humidity in the room.
BONUS TIP: Go to the doctor!
I tried to let my latest cold take its course. But my body wasn’t having it. Fluid in my ears and green mucus were all the signs of an infection. If you think you need to see the doctor, don’t wait and be a martyr.