- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
I want to add that this post is still valid even if I get so stressed out from these stinkin’ Back Press errors that I get sick.
I work in IT at a clinic where we had an influenza outbreak. Before that I worked with 5th and 6th graders and had recess duty. I’ve been subjected to every disgusting virus I can think of in the past year. That being said, I’m committed to keeping myself healthy so I don’t have to miss days of work or be miserable.
I thought I’d share my “staying healthy” tips that I’m living by now because I haven’t been sick with a cold in over a year. I need to start knocking on wood until my knuckles bleed! I know a lot of these are common sense, but how many of us actually do them faithfully?
1) I wash my hands all the time. Because I touch so many different pens, keyboards, and surfaces that sick patients touch, I wash my hands after touching anything that isn’t mine. If I have one of those rare days where I’m left alone to hibernate in my office, I’ll still wash my hands once in the morning, before lunch, after lunch, and immediately when I get home (and, of course, after I go to the bathroom). Warm water and soap wins!
2) I don’t touch my face unless it itches. My hubby works with kids and doesn’t wash his hands during the day (except after the bathroom). He’s a habitual face toucher, constantly rubbing his chin when he is in deep thought or rubbing his nose with his thumb, which is some sort of awkward comfort thing he never quite grew out of. He’s been sick three times in the past year. That being said, rubbing your eyes and picking your nose are BIG no-nos as well.
3) Airbornne (or even the Equate brand from Walmart) is my best friend when I start feeling junky. I love very berry, and I drop it in the recommended amount of water and quickly drink up. I’ll do that twice on days where I’m not feeling the best.
4) Water. Water. Water. 8 glasses a day. You can even add Airbornne!
5) The “sewage water smoothie” as everyone at work calls it. 1 cup of spinach, 1 cup of vanilla yogurt (or even fruity yogurt), and 1 cup of mixed fruit (or strawberries if you can’t drink your smoothie when it is green). Add ice and blend. I swear, it’s delicious, and you can’t taste any spinach. I drink this every day. One, it helps bloating. Two, it keeps mid-morning hunger at bay. Three, it keeps me *ahem* regular. And last but not least it has probiotics in the yogurt and tons of vitamins and nutrients in the spinach and fruit. I have been drinking this pretty much every day (except most weekends) since May 2012. Some Wedding Bees actually recommended drinking smoothies so I wouldn’t bloat before I got married. Best advice ever.
I don’t exercise like I should, but if you do, and you also do all these things I think you stand a good chance of fighting off the cold and flu.
If you do get sick, get lots of rest, pump yourself full of water and recommended amount Airbornne, and tea with lemon and honey. If you have a cough I’d recommend 6 drops of all natural eucalyptus oil on the bottom of your feet, put on some socks, and go to bed. It may calm your cough at night.
Stay healthy, my friends!