Friday, 19 October 2012

Stop The Routine; Don't Get Sick This Winter

Being that we're well into Autumn now, I thought that it was about time to do a health and sickness post. We all know the feeling of a back of the throat tickle thy signifies the beginning of the upwards struggle with Wintertime sickness. I had my yearly battle with a cold last week, and let me tell you, it wasn't pretty. Here are a few tips for staying healthy(well, as healthy as you can) during Autumn and Winter.

Okay, number one- ALWAYS carry tissues! They are absolutely essential! Buy them in bulk and put a couple of packets in every handbag, if you like. I'm sure that you hate the sound of someone sniffling in their blocked and runny nose as much as I do, so don't you be next! If you really want to clear your head maybe invest in some Olbas oil tissues, they're super strong smelling of stuff to make you better and keep runny noses at bay for longer.

Number 2; don't share. Yeah, I know, sharing is caring, but do you really want everyone else's germs inside of you? In the winter months, when your lips start to get really chapped, it is often thought that sharing lip balm is the best plan, especially if you've forgotten yours when you're out. Please don't share lip balm  for my sake. It is better to let your lips get dry for a day than risk getting colds and infections. My younger sister has the Cold Sore virus, and if you share lip balm with someone who has that then you get it too, and you can't get rid of it. Also, a good way to reduce your need for lip balm is to drink more water, which is, again, not a good idea, for the same reasons as the lip balm.

Oddly, gargling is Number 3. I know, right. Weird. So, Japanese studies showed that people who gargles with water three times a day, which is apparently the norm in the East, had 36% fewer colds than those who didn't. The researchers admitted that they didn't know exactly how it worked but the surmised that it could help clear mucus at the back of the throat, reducing colds and viruses. Why not try gargling with water three times a day?

I hope, for your and the people around you's sake, that you try and reduce the chances of getting sick this year. After all, if you're not sick then you can't infect anyone else and you don't feel awful. Double bonus!

Have a healthy week!
Jenny xx