Here are 5 ways to boost your immunity so that you feel like you're you're not dragging your heels by the time you get to January. This is just a sweet sample and by no means thorough.
1. Eat yourself happy.
Let's consider introducing more fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, beans, pulses and good fats, such as avocados, extra virgin olive oil. Why not reduce the processed meats, as well as refined sugars and saturated fat.
If you're feeling a bit low in energy, a good daily multivitamin will also help to ensure your body is receiving the necessary vitamins and minerals to stay healthy.
Gentle Nudge: Go top up your fruit bowl and replenish that vegetable drawer. Try some cauliflower, it's a great source of fibre and potassium, which you can roast, mash or add to curries.
2. On your marks, get set, go!
But what we know for sure is that moving for 30 minutes every day will help to diminish any potential coughs and colds. It will really boost immunity.
Walking is great but cardio is the best form of movement. Dancing, Running, Aerobic class, Cycling.....
Gentle Nudge: Why not track a mile from your door, get out amongst the green space, create a playlist and power walk or run with your dog, they'll thank you for it.
Either way, let's flip it.
Think more about the time leading up to bed. Watching TV at midnight or on your computer working on an assignment is not going to boost your immune system. Pick a time to wind down of an evening, maybe from 9.30pm?
Gentle Nudge: Before you go to bed, spend 30 minutes shifting the focus from what you are doing. Turn off the TV, listen to calming music, eat a few almonds as they're full of magnesium. Get yourself ready for bed, have a shower, lie on your bed and relax before turning out the light. Why not pick up a book? A good old fashioned paper book!
4. Hold on Germs!
Wash your hands in hot soapy water 3-4 times a day, (or after clients, especially if you're shaking hands). Keep you hands clean, moisturised. Keep drinking mugs clean and wash thoroughly.
Take a handy size toothbrush and paste with you if you're working all day as this can often help you feel freshened up. If at any point you're feeling like you have a cold coming on, then this is even more important.
Gentle Nudge: Why not think of having a small bottle of sanitiser in your bag if you don't have access to a bathroom. Plus remember to have extra boxes of tissues handy in your bag, or work space.
5. Overwhelm A Go-Go.
Don't let it fester and stew.
Vogel's Echinacea Throat Spray is a must. People think that it is only taken when right slap bang in the midst of a cold or flu virus. (NB If you're allergic to the daisy plant, then I wouldn't recommend using Echinacea.) In fact, taken every day throughout the year, it will help to build a strong foundation of immunity. If you then come into contact with viruses, colds, flu, bugs, you are not as affected.
If you're in any doubt about feeling unwell, especially if you're dealing with many members of the public in a small confined counselling space, be sure to put yourself first and pay attention to what your body is telling you.
Gentle Nudge: Do you need to take a day off? Get a check up at your GP? What's your body telling you?
Make one or two slight adjustments and hopefully you will move through this season and step into 2018 feeling healthy instead of a lingering with a cough or cold.
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