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The holiday season is nearly here and as much as I love it and all of the fun it brings, I am not a fan of the germs. Holiday gatherings with family (some of whom inevitably show up sick), cold weather, dry heat, the stress of the holiday season — it is all enough to make you sick. Literally. This is our first fall/winter living in a new state with true seasons, which will mean exposure to new germs, colder temperatures, and probably more frequent sickness (we’ve already been sick a couple of times). So I’m preparing for the holiday season ahead of time this year and I thought I would share a bit about how I do that here in case it helps you prepare for the same. Consider it an early holiday gift 🙂
How I prepare to have a healthy holiday season:
- Take preventative measures:
The first way I prepare for germ season is by trying to protect us from sickness and building up our immune systems. People have different favorite ways to do this, but I’m a believer in a combination of both traditional and holistic methods. I get a flu shot. I diffuse essential oils. We take probiotics. We try to get enough rest. We wash our hands. All of these things help our immune systems to be strong and ready to fight off any germs that come our way (hopefully).
- Stock up on supplies:
Nothing is worse than coming down with a virus and not having the supplies you need to feel better on hand. Especially when it is you, the mom and caretaker, that is sick. Because you definitely don’t feel like heading out to the store for supplies once you’ve already gotten sick, especially if you have to take your kids with you, and you probably can’t rely on someone else getting the supplies you want for you. In an effort to avoid that miserable situation, I stock up at the start of fall so that my medicine cabinet is ready. Here are some of my favorites to have on hand:
1. TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Day/Night: This is my go-to for cough, congestion, sore throat, aches, and fever. I love that there is treatment for both daytime or nighttime, so I don’t get drowsy during the day but I can sleep better at night.
2. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes: I should own stock in these wipes, that is how much I love and use them. No need for a spray — just pull one out and wipe! They kill 99.9% of germs that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, including viruses* and bacteria like Staph, E. Coli, Salmonella, Strep. I put a pack of them in each bathroom and kitchen cabinet in my house, plus one just stays on my kitchen counter all winter long.
3. Abreva: If you get cold sores, the holiday season is sure to cause a flare up. For me, stress and exhaustion are my biggest triggers. I always have Abreva on hand because it helps to heal them and delivers the best results when used at the first sign of a cold sore (when you feel the tingle on your lip — if you get them, you know.) It is the only cold sore treatment FDA approved to shorten healing time and the duration of pain, itching, burning, and tingling (sometimes as quickly as 2 1/2 days when applied at the first sign)***.
4. Theraflu ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu: Flu shots are an area people are still divided. Many are firm believers and others prefer not to get one. Even I do get a flu shot (and have since I was in law school in Chicago 15 years ago) there is a chance you can still get the flu, so having Theraflu on hand is a must. It is great for helping to defeat 7 cold & flu symptoms fast, like sore throat, nasal congestion, chest congestion, fever, cough, headache, and body aches.
If you want to find any of these products for yourself, I found mine at my local Kroger store. The Clorox wipes are in the household cleaning aisle. The Tylenol and Theraflu products are found in the cold and flu/pain relief aisle near the pharmacy (right next to each other!) The Abreva is located right next to other lip soothers and balms same aisle.
- Put all of your supplies in a designated area, so you can find them when you need them. If you don’t have a hall closet or bathroom cabinet where you can store supplies (out of the reach of kiddos, of course) then consider making a “sick basket” with all of your supplies and keep it somewhere you can find it all when needed.
- As family members to consider staying home or rescheduling holiday events if they are sick (easier said than done, I know) and stay home yourself if you are the one with the germs.
Disclosure: Abreva – Use only as directed. Read and follow label directions. Clorox – Use as directed on hard non-porous surfaces. Theraflu – Read and follow label directions. Theraflu is for use in adults 12 years and older. Use products only as directed. TYLENOL® – ® Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017. Use products only as directed. The makers of TYLENOL® remind you to use only one medicine with acetaminophen at a time.
*Influenza A Virus **On hard, non-porous surfaces. See product label for list of organisms
***Median healing time is 4.1 days, 25% of users healed in 2.5 days.