If you're like me and my family, you're cooped up inside of the house wondering when your throbbing headache and running nose will finally cease. Being sick is the absolute worst... we fall behind on work, school, home to-do lists and spending time with friends and family becomes near impossible! For those of you who are hanging on by a thread to your health, here's a few tips on how to keep the germs away long enough to get trough flu season!

1. Practice frequent hand hygiene
  The #1 cardinal rule is to always wash your hands, but you should be washing your hands at least 2 times more frequently during flu/cold season! There's no such thing as washing or sanitizing too often. I even keep a mini bottle of hand sanitizer on me at all times, you'll never know when you need it on the go!
  *Tip: If you're worried about you hands chapping in this dry weather, carry a small bottle of lotion or cream*      

2. Cover your face when you cough or sneeze
  Again, this was one of the cardinal rules we learned when we were growing up! I get it, sometimes we forget to cover our mouths when we cough, or you can't cover your face in time before you sneeze.. but all we can do is our best!
  *Gross Fact: If you don't cover your face when you cough or sneeze, germs can fly up to 6 feet away!* 

                                                                 

3. Don't share any cups, water bottles, or chapstick
​  This is not limited to just these items! Sharing anything that has touched someone else's mouth is a big no-no! And yes, I know it's mistletoe season, but this does include those Christmastime smooches!

4. Get plenty of rest
  Sleep is the on the most important things our bodies need. After working long hours or hitting the malls with the other 3,000 people who saved their shopping until last minute, we all know you could use a long winter's nap. Insufficient sleep will weaken your immune system and even affect how long you stay sick!
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Centers for Disease Control recommends that we get at least 7-9 hours every night!*                  

5. Practice preventative medicine
  Whenever I can feel a cold coming, I hit up the nearest drug store for a source of Vitamin C, a source of Zinc, and some cough drops! Scheduling a doctor's appointment as soon as you start to feel any symptoms can help prevent the sickness from getting worse and can also cut down how long you stay sick!