1. Wash your hands – I realize we are constantly reminded to do this, but it is the number one way to get rid of germs. Don’t get sloppy, get zealous, especially if you have little kids around.
2. Laugh – laughter and happy feelings boost the immune system, promote deep breathing, and reduce stress.
3. Get fresh air – even in the winter months, take a few minutes to get some sunshine and fresh air instead of being sequestered at home.
4. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables – these have wonderful vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber that can keep your body ready to deal with any invaders. They are a better choice than sugary foods which limit the effectiveness of your germ-fighting white blood cells.
5. Drink lots of water – staying well-hydrated can help your body flush out waste and can support the body in producing the health-restoring chemicals it needs.
6. Get plenty of sleep – your body repairs itself when you sleep. Most people need 8 hours but actually get a lot less and wonder why they need stimulants like caffeine to be productive.
7. Take care of yourself – when you are healthy, you are in the best position to serve your family.
8. Forgive yourself – worry and fear do damage to your immune system. If, despite your best efforts, you or others in your home get taken down by the resident bug, be gentle with yourself, recognize yourself for doing your best, and let yourself heal. It might be your body’s way of telling you to slow down and enjoy life.
I am following this advice as I nurse my son back to health. If it has helped you or if you have something to add, please comment below and share this link. Wishing you a healthy and happy season!