I have been thinking lately (scary, I know), about cold and flu season. It is upon us you know, since Autumn has arrived and Winter is around the corner. My question to you is this: Is cold and flu season a natural part of our lives or just the social norm?
Let’s think about this. Does everyone you know get sick at this time of year or are there some people who get sick more often than others AND are there those that get sick and will develop some CRAZY other sickness after the medically prescribed flu time is over? Why is there Mommy immunity? Why do some people take antibiotics when it is the flu and it’s a virus that won’t respond to a bacteria killer? Or are we letting the media/pharmaceutical industry dictate what time of year it is? does being sick serve you more than being healthy and full of life?
Who likes to be sick? Nobody right? Who wants to have a sore throat, fever, coughing so hard your ribs hurt, diarrhea, vomiting, ear infection, nasal congestion, no energy? This stinks right? No one in their right mind wants to stay up all night coughing, miss work, stay in bed missing their child’s first game/performance (you fill in the blank) or worse yet that really important business meeting that means your next step up? However, in the dark recesses of our minds, we also remember how good it felt as a child to get coddled by our parents when we were sick. The blankets, the all day cartoons, the extra pillows. Getting to sleep in bed with Mom and Dad to make sure you were ok. The chicken soup. All the extra attention. But who is so busy they don’t have time to finish that project due at the end of the week, have the energy to get to their child’s practice, don’t have the time to get the groceries so we’re eating out again, will take that extra coffee and pastry vs eating a regular meal because you are on the go and need the energy?
You have just as much time to finish that project, get to that practice, buy those groceries and stop and get a salad vs a coffee. How? By getting off your phone/laptop/Ipad and putting these items on your dayplanner in your electronic device. Why? Because by scheduling your day, you are scheduling your health. Stress kills your immune system. Instead of building yourself up for success by scheduling your day, you are ripping yourself apart by not working smart. As humans we are lazy. A simple 3 minute posting on FB turns into a 30 minute siesta checking up on everyone and catching up on the latest sports scores. Now you only have 15 minutes before your meeting that you were going to prep for when you got to work.
It all comes down to accountability. How much ownership for your health do you want to take? Yes, you are going to be exposed to all the germs and viruses that are floating around. Do you have to succumb to their onslaught? No. Buff up your immune system with probiotics. keep your gut healthy. Take 1000mg of Vitamin C after every meal to keep your adrenals strong and you have the energy needed to get through the day, naturally. Get that chiropractic adjustment you have been putting off to keep your channels open. Don’t overschedule yourself AND ask for help when you do. Value your life and your health by scheduling yourself into your day. It’s not selfish. Ask your partner for help. Tell them you are doing an experiment to see if you can stay healthier. You will lose the phrase starting with “I don’t have time/the energy/the money…” from your vocabulary. You will say “Thank you for doing ….” whenever someone does something even if it is the most mundane thing (Thanks for doing the dishes 😉 without the it’s your turn anyway). Take your probiotics. Get an accountability partner to back each other up.
Enjoy your health and energy. Being sick doesn’t do anything except suck the life out of those around you. Yes, you are going to get sick occasionally. It doesn’t mean you have to own it. Let it go once you have it. You have better things to do this weekend than catch up on all the work you missed.
Adrienne Falcone Godsell is a nutrition coach and personal chef who loves to empower those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired by educating them on how what they put into their bodies directly effect their health.
You can find her on the web at http://www.bestofbothworldssimpleandtastynutrition.yolasite.com and her Facebook page Best of Both Worlds