How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season

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As we approach the end of the year it’s exciting to look forward to the holiday season and all the fun that entails. Preparing to maintain our health during the winter season can be just as important for preparing for the holidays. It’s a busy season with so much to do and staying healthy is a must to enjoy all the fun. Luckily there are simple things you can do to prepare yourself and get ready just in case cold and flu DO hit your household.
 

How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season

 
1. Get Enough Sleep
During this busy time of year, it’s easy to say “I just need to do one more thing before I go to bed”. But getting enough sleep is important to keep your immune system healthy.

2. Wash Your Hands
Your mother was right. You DO need to wash your hands – OFTEN! Use warm water and soap. Be sure to wash for at least 20 seconds to tackle those germs.

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3. Exercise
Staying active can help reduce stress and boost your immune system. Head outside for a walk or put on a dancing video game and get moving. If you’re like me, getting active can be a great mood booster too!

Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Recipe

4. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and vegetables are chock-full of nutrients to help keep us healthy. I like to start my day with a smoothie to make sure I am getting a bunch of them first thing in the morning. This is my typical daily smoothie:

Ingredients:
1/2 banana, frozen
1 cup frozen mixed fruit (I usually have strawberries, pineapple, mango and blueberries)
1 big handful of spinach
3-4 baby carrots (optional)
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/3 cup milk

Directions:
Place all in blender and blend until smooth. Yummy and easy!!

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Close-up view of bottles of water

5. Drink the Right Things
Drinking water can help you stay hydrated. But, heavy alcohol use can suppress your immune system and actually dehydrate you.

6. Cut the Stress
The holidays are a busy season and there is a lot to do, but it’s important to take time to relax. Try to plan 30 minutes a day of “down time” to allow your body to relax and rejuvenate. Listen to music, meditate or snuggle up with a pet.

7. Get a Flu Shot
Getting a flu shot is the most effective way to avoid getting the flu. Get one at your doctor’s office or local pharmacy.

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8. Be Prepared
Despite all of your precautions, you or a family member might still get sick this winter. If so, you’ll want to be ready with some basic comfort items like tissues and throat lozenges. You’ll also want to put Convenient Care Now in your internet bookmarks! Convenient Care Now lets you have a doctor’s visit right from the comfort of your own home, even providing a prescription if necessary! (Currently only available within New Jersey.)

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Convenient Care Now is part of the Hackensack University Health Network. I have had great experiences with the professionals when visiting the physical Hackensack Medical Center, and am happy to see they are now making their services so easily accessible. Via the internet, Convenient Care Now connects us remotely with those same board-certified, licensed doctors, dieticians and psychologists for immediate and live, online visits any time of the day or night via mobile or desktop.

I know that many of us just suffer through our illnesses or minor injuries when it isn’t convenient to get to the doctor. Taking off time from work, having to tote kids along to the doctor’s office, or even finding a doctor to see can all be a bit overhwlming. With Convenient Care Now the whole process is quick and easy. Just log onto Convenient Care Now, input a few facts about you and your concern, and consult with a doctor who can offer a diagnosis and, if necessary, send a prescription right to your local pharmacy. AND, using Convenient Care Now is very cost effective at only $49 for a physician visit.

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Don’t wait until you NEED Convenient Care Now to set up an account and bookmark the page on your computer or download the free app from Google Play or the App Store to your mobile device! Do it now!

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Tell us, what do YOU do to prepare for cold and flu season?

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Comments

  1. Cutting the stress has been a big one for me. My body responds poorly to my stress.

  2. Cold and flu season is the worst- I’ve had my jab already thankfully and the other half is off for his later, so hopefully we will make it through with only minor sniffles. x

  3. I do all of these. I don’t exercise as much as I should, but I try to get something in there at least 3 times a week. I’m a wife, a mom of 3, and a professional blogger. I DO NOT have time to be sick!

  4. I need to be better about exercising regularly and going to bed early. I consistently wake up at 5am so I need to make sure I’m getting enough sleep!

  5. I am trying to include exercise more into my daily routine. I need to continue to work in getting enough water.

  6. I am very much into washing my hands all day, everyday and using hand sanitizer. I never want to get a cold or the flu so I do what I can to try and prevent it. Next up will be a flu shot. I like all the information listed in this post, it’s a reminder to put a little bit more effort into staying well.

  7. pamwattenbarger@yahoo.com' Pam Wattenbarger says:

    Washing your hands is so important all the time, but especially during cold and flu season. I also try to get enough sleep and eat healthy.

  8. This is a great article. I would love to try one of these services. Being able to go to the doctor without leaving the home is amazing!

  9. These are all really great tips. My biggest thing is that my kids never share drinks and they always wash their hands.

  10. Cold and flu season really is the worst. I encourage washing hands like 24/7

  11. I’m not ready for cold and flu season! These are great tips, especially handwashing all. the. time

  12. I’ll definitely have to keep a health diet. I really want to avoid any kind of cold this year! These are good ideas.

  13. Washing your hands is definitely key! I love the convenience of this!

  14. My least favourite season of all. I woke up this morning was a nasty cold myself so wish I was more prepared. I made sure my kids were but not myself, silly me.

  15. These are all brilliant tips ( and believe me I will be using every single one of them this season!) but I have to say SLEEP Is definitely one of the most important tips! Thanks for the Intel!

  16. annb10@rogers.com' Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I always stock up on cold and flu medicines this time of the year. We have a good supply of chicken soup and Kleenex. These are great tips.

  17. Those are all important especially when we’re in the middle of adjusting to a new season. It’s good to make sure that you get enough rest every night, it all starts with that.

  18. As much as I don’t even want to think about this, I no it’s coming. And faster than we think. These are excellent tips!

  19. It’s been tough the past few winters on my family. I need to incorporate these strategies to ensure we all stay healthier. Love that smoothie recipe!

  20. We’ve recently gotten our flu shots and I’m all about the fruits, veggies, and exercise. I look forward to incorporating some other things from this list in our regime and trying out that smoothie recipe.

  21. couponersunited@gmail.com' Mary Edwards says:

    I love all of your tips. I know that I get busy with all the fall sports and forget the fruits/veggies, exercise, and water….ugh. Thanks for the reminders

  22. I definitely need to get back on track with my exercising. It makes such a difference.

    This smoothie recipe looks yummy too!

  23. calipertir@aol.com' Christina Aliperti says:

    I have my first cold of the season right now. I definitely need to take better care of myself.

  24. Great holistic tips on taking care of yourself during the flu season. Love this program, this allows you to avoid all the icky germs during flu season that lingers in waiting rooms.

  25. marict1111@yahoo.com' Marianne T says:

    Great advice. For me, I notice working out often and being active drastically lowers my instances of being sick. One reason to hit the gym more!.

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