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You Don't Have to get sick

Updated on October 1, 2008
Just because the seasons are changing doesn't mean you have to get sick
Just because the seasons are changing doesn't mean you have to get sick

I know. I know. Autumn is here. Soon we'll be in Daylight Savings Time and before you know it, winter will be upon us. It's a wonder to watch the seasons change, to see nature take on different hues and texture.

It's also amazing to watch people begin to stock up on cold and flu medicines. It's almost as if many of us actually "expect" to get sick just because the colder seasons are coming. I think a lot of that has to do with how much medicine we saw in our bathroom and kitchen cabinets, etc. when we were kids. My grandparents had a lot of medicine in their house. They had one cabinet in their kitchen that was stocked with medicine. It seemed normal. But back home, we only had one old bottle of aspirin in the cabinet.

Don't get me wrong. We got colds, the chicken pox, mumps, etc. as kids, but we didn't get sick every year. In fact, the older we got the more rare it was that we got sick each year. I truly appreciate this. Now I get a cold about once every 4-5 years.

Oddly, enough this week (the first week of vacation I've had all year) I got sick. Yep. A bite of the flu. I used the time to rest and take note of when my life is more hectic than I might think (a time like now). So, all that said, I want to help others not get a cold or the flu during these coming colder seasons, especially those who might be dealing with other stressors (family, finances, etc.).

Get plenty of rest

When we get sick, our loved ones and doctors tell us to get rest. My experience has been that to get plenty of rest (not just laying in bed, but actually sleeping peacefully) each night is one of the best ways to ward off "getting out of balance" or becoming sick. So, each night, get those sweet Zzzzzsss.

Sleep, sweet sleep
Sleep, sweet sleep

Eat well

We've heard it. We see it in health articles. Most of us know it for sure. Fruits and vegetables are good for us. They are loaded with vitamins, things that help keep our immune systems strong. There are so many ways to prepare fruits and vegetables. We can enjoy them any time. Find fruits and vegetables that agree with your physical system best and eat up! They are excellent warriors in the victory for wellness and fabulous health!

Eat well
Eat well

Get out in nature

I was going to title this capture "exercise" but there's something about being out in nature! Great ideas come to us when we are out in nature - the true birthplace of our physical experience. We are rewarding when we take a walk, go for a jog or whatever we love to do - outdoors. It's a great way to break up workday stresses -- get out and take a walk during the mid-day. I find this is especially good during Daylight Savings Time. Getting out for a walk at mid-day gives workers a chance to see the sun, because for many of us who work, during Daylight Savings Time it's dark when we head out to work and dark when we leave work and head home. So get out and enjoy the sunshine and get some good health-building exercise each day!

In closing - LOVE YOURSELF! Nobody can take care of you better than you can! A good dose of love from you is always right on time!


Denise Webbing It Up!

Enjoying "Moving"
Enjoying "Moving"


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    • Patti Ann profile image

      Patti Ann 8 years ago from Florida

      Excellent! It helps so much to get out and enjoy nature and get some exercise.

    • Jennifer Bhala profile image

      Jennifer Bhala 9 years ago from Upstate New York

      Yes, it amazes me when I hear children say, winter is here it is sick season. They are expecting to get sick. This is amazing to me.

      What are parents teaching their children?

      The environments many schools and offices create during winter doesn't help though. Closed windows, all winter long. Heaters on that dehydrate and recirculate old, toxic, oxygenless, air.

      So it is no wonder that kids and many teachers and office workers get sick every year.

    • countrywomen profile image

      countrywomen 9 years ago from Washington, USA

      Nice hub. and would try to eat healthy/exercize more. I sure hope I would be able to get through till next spring with minimum downtime (I work in IT field)... Hehe