Thank you to Vicks for sponsoring this post as part of my compensated participation in the Vicks Ambassador Program. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
With three young children, who all attend school, it can be difficult to keep the germs at bayand protect my family. With the flu season here in NJ seeming to be worse than in previous years, I try to teach my kids good habits to help them stay healthy. For example, I send them to school with tissues, teach good hand-washing practices and help them to eat a good diet and take their vitamins.
It’s a lot of work taking care of a family and that’s why it can be easy to forget my own needs. As moms, parents and caregivers know, when it comes to taking care of children, there are no sick days. There’s no calling out or spending the day in bed. That’s why it’s so important to take care of yourself during flu season and all year round.
Here are some of the things that I do to help make sure I stay healthy. A special thanks to Vicks Spokesperson, Nurse Practitioner Barb Dehn for some new ideas that I’ve mixed in with some things I’ve done for years:
I know, easier said than done. But giving yourself an outlet, such as exercise or a trip to the mall alone can help alleviate stress. Know when to ask for help and take some things off your plate. No one can do it all. This mentality helps me be a better mom, too!
Be Aware of Germs
Know where you are likely to pick up germs in public places or at work. Wipe down equipment at the gym, common computers or when you go shopping. I like to take advantage of wipes that many stores provide for your shopping cart. You don’t have to go crazy, just exercise a bit more caution.
There are countless health benefits to getting the right amount of water! Need help getting more fluids in? Use a chart to track how many ounces you’ve had or have a goal in mind. I fill a pitcher with my water for the day – goal being to finish it!
Get Plenty of Sleep
Yes, sometimes this is out of our hands. Like, for example, when your two-year-old twins decide that 4am is an appropriate wake-up time. Try, however, to maintain a consistent bedtime and get some zzz’s in!
Eat a Healthy Diet
We like to choose healthy, whole foods in our house as much as possible. We eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables with natural proteins. I also like to try to eat superfoods, like kale, blueberries, black beans, and salmon to name a few.
Okay, so what happens when you do get sick?
Sometimes you just cannot avoid it and get sick. Parenting still goes on and you still need to push through. What to do? To get yourself through an illness:
Try herbal teas. Not only do these soothe, but they also help you get the fluids you need. Added to that, everyone knows that tea has the ability to just make you feel better! I love to add a splash of lemon and honey to mine as well. It always makes me feel better so that I can get on with my long to-do list!
When I was younger, my mom used to tell me to get out of bed and take a shower when I was sick. That it would make me feel so much better! And it did. That’s because the steam and humidity from the shower can help relieve congestion and drain sinuses. Unfortunately, I no longer have the luxury of laying around in bed, but I still follow my mom’s advice to feel better.
Get Rest – With Your Kids
I know, sounds crazy. But, I am always shocked by just how excited my kids are to have permission to slow down – since we’re always on the go! Maybe it’s a movie in mommy’s bed or snuggling on the couch together. Sometimes (key word – sometimes) kids will let you get a bit of rest. So, leave the dishes alone, don’t worry about those toys on the floor, make a simple dinner and try to get as much rest as you can.
Elevate the Head
Place a pillow under the mattress to help elevate your head. This will help blood flow away from the head – helping to reduce the inflammation of air passages.
Use Multi-Symptom Medications
When you look for a medication, be sure it can treat all of your symptoms. It’s also important that it allows you to resume your busy lifestyle during the day and helps you get rest at night. That’s why I have DayQuil Severe and NyQuil Severe on hand. When I take something, I need it to work so that I can get on with my day or get the sleep I need. Vicks helps me do that with these products!
And I’m not alone in my choice – did you know that Vicks DayQuil Severe and Vicks Nyquil Severe Cold was voted the Best New Cough & Cold Remedy product in the 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Awards (BNPA). BNPA is the most credible, consumer-voted awards program in the U.S., and represents the unbiased voice of consumers nationwide – based on an independent survey of over 70,000 American consumers!
How do you survive a cold or flu? I’d love to hear your tips, tricks or remedies! Share them in the comments below!
Stay Healthy & Be Well!