How to Avoid Getting Sick During Flu Season

Flu season is still rampantly infecting our city of New York. This week we're going to dive into some preventative remedies to keep you from getting sick — allowing you to go into the new month of February staying fresh!

With that said, let’s start off with the most obvious — getting your flu shot! If you have qualifying insurance, make sure to get this free service taken care of at any participating CVS or Walgreens. If you don’t have health insurance, this is still an option to consider, as a flu shot can cost as low as $20 from places such as Costco. Additionally, make sure to check with your work, as flu vaccines are often covered by employers.

Now that we have our flu shots taken care of, let’s focus on our 2019 goal of creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Starting with a good nights rest! Having very minimal sleep can weaken your immune system and make you more prone to sickness. Following up one of our previous posts, we recommend setting up a sleeping schedule in order to maintain all-day energy! To reiterate, getting a good nights rest helps ensure that your body feels strong and energized, allowing you to fight off sickness naturally. We also recommend lowering your alcohol intake, as alcohol can leave you restless — waking up with a hangover after an uncomfortable night of slumber can heighten your chances of getting sick.

Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule can be quite hard, especially if you have a cuffing season partner that is fighting sickness. Before someone catches the first symptoms of the flu, the indication of a fever should make you more cautious. Your dedication to the gym may come before anything else in your life. However, in the instance you feel the coming of a fever, don’t beat yourself up for taking a day off from the gym, or skipping your Sunday run through Central Park before brunch. Spend that time brewing some tea! This will help you recover faster so that you can accompany your partner on those early morning Sunday jogs.

During this time of year your throat may become dry and irritant, we suggest drinking less coffee, as coffee is known to dehydrate you. Make that switch to tea! Honey-lemon tea is great for soothing your throat and the steam helps your body stay warm, this tea is also known to help flush out toxins from the body — we recommend a touch of honey to aid in revitalizing your energy! Green tea in particular is known to suppress influenza and other bacterial viruses, additionally serving as a great source for antioxidants! Meanwhile, ginger tea is known to be a soothing agent, aiding the body in numerous ways. It can be used as a means to alleviate pain from the stomach as well as helping to manage stress.

Additionally, chamomile is a great tea for comfort, relieving you of migraines and cramps. Meanwhile, hibiscus tea is great as a source of vitamin C, better yet it doesn’t contain caffeine! This is a quick glance at all of the many different tea varieties available, so make sure to look into your preferences and needs.

Like always, we want to thank you for taking the time to read through this post as you continue on with your day. We hope you begin to implement some of our solutions into your daily lives — staying strong and positive as the month of February comes around the corner.

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