Combating Germs This Season
I am not trying to sound like a broken record but, we all need to make a better effort of taking care of ourselves! We need to learn to manage unhealthy habits. Harvard health talks about 5 ways to de-stress and we have mentioned these steps before but maybe its time to try and do a few while we conclude 2017.
|Picture from a page in Lagom|
Personally, I am trying to incorporate pieces of the Lagom and Hygge way of living. If you haven't heard about this, they are both terms about living a balanced happy life from the Europeans. There are a few books out there;
The Little Book of Hygge, Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living and a new one The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People. I am sure there are many more spin offs but the first two I have read and I enjoyed them. They have some steps that are very easily incorporated into your life! I plan on giving these books to 90% of the people on my Christmas list! Who doesn't want a few more fresh cut flowers, coffee dates with friends and twinkle lights in their lives? I suggest picking one of them up and giving it a try!
The second step in Harvard Health is about meditation. In August, we posted a blog about mindfulness and the importance of self care
with some free apps suggestions to download and give it a try. I find myself flip flopping back and forth with being really good at making the time and then going weeks without it. Yet it is like any change in habit, it will take time but if you don't start taking the steps you will never get there. So this might be a great time to remember this post and schedule it in. Hit pause your busy day for 15 - 20 min and open the app for a session of guided meditation to recharge yourself.
Another big contributor to avoid getting sick is our diet. It is hard to put down the delicious baked goods, you might only get this time of year, especially when other people bake them. Yet remember the points we talked about in a past Wellness Wednesday Keeping Healthy During Cold and Flu Season. Remember, sugar can be a big factor in lowering our immune system! Controlling our diets may just give your family antioxidants they need to battle the bacteria.
Even after all these great references, what if we still feel something nasty coming on.
|A cup of warm bone broth and rosemary|
And if all this wasn't enough, I have two DIY's you can make easily at home to fight back the symptoms and get on to a speedy recovery.
Elderberry Syrup is incredibly easy to make and you will have enough with this recipe to keep in your fridge for a grab and go. Research shows that elderberry syrup is a great preventative method but also helps you get over the cold faster!
Congestion, runny and stuffy noses. Who likes those symptoms? Besides taking a deep breath being a distant memory, it also makes everyone around you take a thousand steps in the opposite direction! Well our friend Jen, from The Eco Well, has shared a blog recipe to make your own Vapor Rub! It smells delicious and you will be breathing back to normal in no time!
Lets hope we refreshed your memory on the importance of de-stressing yourself and gave you some ideas to combat any nasty bug that might creep in your direction!
Stay healthy and happy this holiday season!
Disclaimer: The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. This information shouldn’t take the place of seeing a Naturopathic Doctor or your primary care provider for individualized health recommendations.