Flu season is finally on the way out, but most of us are still recovering from the mountains of used tissues and cough drop wrappers. Help your body and your home bounce back after the flu attacks to ensure it doesn’t come back for round two. Here are 10 tips to leave the flu behind and get the pep back in your step:
- Don’t overextend yourself. Stress weakens your immune system. If you push yourself too hard, you may accidentally welcome a resurgence in your flu symptoms
- Separate yourself from those who are still getting over the last of their symptoms. The flu is tenacious and can spread through sneezing, talking, coughing and even on hard surfaces. Getting some space will give your body a chance to recuperate.
- Wipe it all down: the sink, toilets, faucet, remote, door knobs, light switches, table tops, computer keyboards and mice, and anything else you may have touched while sick. Make sure to clean it with disinfectant products to kill all germs.
- Toss out the tissues and clean the wastebaskets. Don’t let dirty tissues linger; pick them up (check pockets and around your bed!), toss them out, wipe down the trash can and put in a new bag.
- Wash the laundry and air your home out. Open the windows, spray some disinfectant, and let your mattress and pillow get some air. Make sure to wash all bedding and clothes in hot water to kill leftover germs.
- Go outside! Breathe the fresh air, soak up the sun and get some exercise. The power of a little sunshine and an outing on a nice day does wonders for your mood, and consequently your immune system.
- Keep the junk food to a minimum. If your body gets bogged down with sugar and fats, it makes you feel like garbage, and when you feel like garbage, so does your immune system.
- Wash your hands well. You should always wash your hands (it’s just good sense!) but if you’re prone to skipping a wash or just rinsing, now is the time to step your game up. Be sure to use disinfectant soap and get under your fingernails. If you’re on the run, hand sanitizer works too.
- Take a hot shower. Warm moist air can help clear up your sinuses and loosen mucus. I’ve you’ve got a humidifier, that can help clear up your stuffy nose.
- Go to bed early. You may feel better, but your body is most likely still recovering. The flu can stay in your system for weeks after symptoms are gone, so it’s important to continue to take care of yourself. Get lots of sleep and keep drinking fluids.
Following tips like these can keep your flu symptoms from coming back long enough to really recover. Take care of yourself and take it easy!