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Enrol on a cold and flu self-defense class

One of the joys of parenting…

Watching your child from the sidelines whilst they slide tackle or score an own goal.  With the forces of nature battering you into submission and the bored sibling holding onto your leg, crying because they can’t feel the ends of their fingers! All the time, encouraging your disheartened child caked in mud running around the waterlogged pitch.

And then you… clapping half-heartedly as the opponents cheer at their victory and your child momentarily hates their life.

Returning home, only to find your feelings of, ‘I just don’t feel right’ weren’t from standing in the bitterly cold weather or from the two large glasses of wine you had the night before. Although, neither of them had helped the fact that you were coming down with a cold or even worse the flu!

The lack of enthusiasm to cook the Sunday roast dinner was a sure sign that things weren’t right, you never normally shy away from roast potatoes or apple pie and custard.

And, along with that, there is the sudden realisation that it is more than likely the whole family will end up with the germ that you are carrying – what a nightmare. Your home was going to become a germ pit for at least a week.

What do you do? You deal with it.

A runny nose, sore throat, headaches, coughs and sneezes, a high temperature, aching, feelings of exhaustion and loss of appetite.

How do you know if you have a common cold or flu? You self-diagnose, looking online or start reading literature. Maybe a magazine article such as, ‘What is man flu, is it just a dramatic man with a cold?’.

You eventually discover the difference between cold and flu. With a cold, you feel unwell but able to just about carry on. However, with flu, you are simply too unwell to carry on.

The bag of money test…

They say…  If you have really bad flu and there was a bag of money on your front garden – you wouldn’t have the energy to even crawl out and get it. Personally, I think it depends on how big the bag is! However, if that’s what they say, it could be the telling factor.

Survival, mission accomplished…

After getting through endless boxes of tissues, having time off work and the children missing school you are relieved and not wanting to go through all that again. You can’t lock you and your family into a germless environment so all you can do next is take precautions. Defend yourself from the dreaded colds and flu germs.

Enrol on a cold & flu self-defense class

As far as I’m aware, there isn’t such a class. However, you can educate yourself to help reduce the chances of or even prevent catching colds and flu.

So, what can you do to defend yourself?

  • Stay fit and healthy! Exercise is very rewarding
  • Drink lots of water – stay hydrated
  • Eat a healthy diet – lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Rest and sleep – even a cat nap now and then
  • Wear gloves and keep surfaces clean, free from germs (not obsessively or it would be never ending!)
  • Take vitamin c or other relevant supplements
  • Stay away from people with colds or flu (easier said than done unless it’s people you don’t like)
  • Wash your hands on a regular basis
  • Don’t share cups, cutlery or a kiss
  • Don’t keep touching your nose, mouth and eyes
  • Trap germs in a tissue
  • Throw away the tissues!
  • Seek medical advice if required and consider a flu jab

The slightly more extreme and unrealistic defence mechanisms…

  • If you’re on the tube, or any transport in confined spaces wear a mask (people do it, we’ve seen them!)
  • Don’t let visitors come to your house that could be carrying germs
  • Stay away from nightclubs where you dance and sweat etc…
  • Only kiss people that you should, when it’s necessary or desired but accept the fact that it’s probable you will catch each other’s germs
  • Don’t let poorly children breathe all over you (but tell them you love them)
  • If anyone sneezes or coughs near you, hold your breath and turn away (remember to start breathing again)

To be honest common sense should play a big role in this. Look after you and those you love.

There are good and bad things in this world and if you can defend yourself from the bad, you should try to do it (but don’t put yourself in danger).

Best wishes,

Rachel

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