This post is part of my Wellness Wednesday series brought to you in sponsored partnership with Aurora Health Care.
It’s been so warm here this fall that it’s easy to forget that we are already heading into flu season. We tend to think of flu as being the thing you catch when there is snow on the ground and a freezing wind blowing through the door. But it really has very little to do with the weather and a lot to do with whether or not you are exposed to the flu virus.
But there are some things you can do to help keep your household flu free!
Wash your hands often. The first and possibly most effective way to keep the flu from ruining your day is to be meticulous about washing your hands often and with soap and water. Teach your kids to do the same by having young children sing the alphabet while they are scrubbing. That often gives them the motivation to scrub a bit longer rather than just dipping their hands into the water and calling them clean. There are some fun soap products out there that can help motivate kids to want to wash as well too.
Keep your hands off yourself. Another tips is to avoid touching your hands to your eyes, nose, and/or mouth as much as possible. I admit that this is one I really have to remind myself often. I wear contacts and rubbing my eyes can become an almost subconscious habit, especially when I’ve been wearing them all day and they are starting to feel less than comfortable.
Avoid sick people. Yes, I know that this sounds really obvious but the fact is that you can’t get sick if you are not exposed to the virus. Many times, we don’t have a choice since we usually can’t just stay home during all of flu season, but if you know someone is ill, a phone call might be better than a visit. (And as a former teacher, I have to say it: PLEASE don’t send your child to school if you suspect they are sick.)
Take care of yourself. Keeping your body in tip top shape gives you the best chance of fighting off the flu should you be exposed. Arm your body with healthy weapons like healthy food, lots of rest, and plenty of healthy hydration (think water!). Don’t do things like smoke that can weaken your body’s ability to fight of any invaders – plus it’s just plain bad for you!
Clean common areas. If one person in your house does come down with the flu, other members are likely to pick up the virus from touching common items like remotes, door knobs, light switches, or bathroom fixtures. Make it a habit to wipe these down with a disinfecting cleaner or cloth often during flu season.