It’s that time of the year again, and cold and flu season is upon us. From late September until late March and even early April, colder weather keeps everyone indoors and in close contact, making it easier to spread those not-so-pleasant viruses. Here are some great tips to help your family stay happy and healthy this season.
Wash your hands A LOT
Ensuring you wash your hands before eating or handling food, after coughing or sneezing and after coming in contact with someone who is sick is one of the best ways to prevent both yourself and your family from getting sick. To completely remove any viruses from your skin, you need to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails for 20 seconds or more with either hot or cold water and soap.
Keep contact to a minimum
Be cautious of shaking hands, giving hugs and sharing utensils. Pay close attention to high-touch areas, like doorknobs and railings, and make sure you wash your hands after coming in contact with these areas. Alcohol-based sanitizer can help defend against the cold and flu and works in a pinch if you are unable to get to a sink.
Teach your kids the importance of healthy habits that prevent spreading germs
Kids love to explore the world with their hands, so it’s important to teach them healthy habits like coughing into their elbows, not sharing food and keeping their hands away from their face. It’s also a good idea to make sure your kids are getting a shower or bath every night. During cold and flu season, make bath time fun and stress-free. Children love the popping and crackling sounds of Dresdner Essenz Dirty Birdie Bath Crackles. Its all-natural formula is NATRUE certified and free from parabens, SLES and PEGs.
Don’t forget about your diet
Certain immune-boosting foods can help keep you healthy during cold and flu season. Whole grains, lean protein and moderate amounts of healthy oils like coconut help soothe inflammatory symptoms, and foods like mushrooms, garlic and citrus have key vitamins, nutrients and natural chemicals that help fend off viruses and bacteria.
If you’re starting to feel sick, take care of yourself
When the chills, body aches and general feelings of illness begin to take over, the best thing you can do is rest and relax to give your body time to fight off whatever is attacking your immune system. Don’t overwork yourself, try to eliminate unnecessary stresses, take a relaxing bath and use soothing bath salts like Dresdner Essenz Cold Relief, with natural essential oils such as thyme and eucalyptus that enhance your overall sense of well-being.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to start practicing these germ-fighting healthy habits that will put you on the right track to keeping you and your family healthy this cold and flu season. You can shop all of our Feel Naturally Healthy & Wellness products now at littlemetime.com.