January 23, 2020
This is the time of year where I’m pretty sure we are meant to hibernate. We store a few extra layers of fat, we sink into the deep recesses of our couch more in the evenings, and it feels like it’s dark when we wake up and dark when we come home from work. We maybe consider going to the gym, but find that our new favorite series on Netflix holds greater appeal. Kids are zoning out more on their devices, munching on Doritos and picking fights with each other when the subzero temperatures keep them inside all day long. And parents cross their fingers when flu season arrives, hoping that the flu shot did what it’s supposed to do and everyone stays healthy until spring. Let’s face it….it can be a long couple of months.
So I decided to write this blog about how we can make these months healthier and happier for everyone in the house. First of all….whatever you may or may not think about the flu shot….we also have to take accountability for our own health and not rely solely on a vaccine. The following are some additional ways to keep you and your family healthier AND happier during these next couple of months while we anxiously await the warmer temperatures of spring!
Even if you do get sick, if you have been following the above 5 steps, hopefully your immune system will respond quicker and will more efficiently deal with the invading virus or bacteria. It’s also important to just stay home and rest when you are sick….and believe me, your co-workers want you do to that too. 😊
Other tips for staying healthy this winter include using an infrared sauna (temporarily elevates core body temperature and kicks in the immune system), washing your hands, daily doses of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids, relaxing with a hot bath at night using detoxifying salts, incorporating essential oils such as Thieves in a diffuser to breathe in and cleanse our airways, try some new deep breathing exercises to open up sinuses and lungs, and mindfully reducing the stress in our lives by making decisions that allow for more rest and healthy eating.
So let’s make our New Year’s resolutions more than about just losing weight. Let’s take the perspective of doing what we can to create better health for ourselves and our entire family….and spring will be here before we know it!