The colder, shorter days of winter mean the resurgence of an annual season most of us could do without: flu season.
Having the flu can be particularly unpleasant for people in recovery. Discomfort of any kind can be more difficult to navigate in early recovery, and flu symptoms may trigger bad memories of withdrawal symptoms. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to stay healthy this flu season.
Many people opt for the flu vaccine, a popular way to reduce your chances of contracting the flu. Whether or not you choose the vaccine, remember to practice these highly effective prevention techniques:
- Wash your hands – Handwashing is an easy and proven way to reduce your risk of picking up all kinds of germs. Before you eat or touch your face, find a sink and practice good hand-washing techniques. Without running water, try a good, alcohol-based sanitizer, and follow the instructions on the label for best results.
- Stay clear of people who are sick – This might be easier said than done, especially if you’re responsible for taking care of someone with the flu. If so, limit your time together and don’t eat or drink after them. Wash your hands regularly, and consider wearing masks around each other to reduce the chances of transmission.
- Exercise, eat well, and sleep well – A nourished and active body is much more resistant to illness.
- Ditch the cigarettes – Smoking is known to compromise your immune system.
What if I Get the Flu?
Stay home and rest. It’s time to commit to self-care and protect others from your germs. If you’re reluctant to revisit certain medications, know that flu and cold remedies come in many forms, including a range of effective homeopathic options.
Discomfort with the flu is unavoidable, but if symptoms become severe, don’t hesitate to visit a doctor for flu-specific treatment and medication. And don’t forget classic sources of healing and comfort like humidifiers, warm baths, and hot tea with lemon.
Looking for a silver lining? For some, fatigue and brain fog provide respite from the difficult work of recovery. However, thanks to technology, you can access sponsors, therapy resources, and supportive loved ones from the comfort of your bed if you need them.
Professionals at Mahajan Therapeutics are here to help you tailor a plan for successful recovery. Contact us today.