September 17, 2013

How to Avoid the Flu - What I Should Have Done!

Last week, I traveled by airplane to visit my mother and unfortunately, caught the flu during one of my short flights to Boston.  Flying so soon after returning from the wonderful 5 days in Disneyland with limited sleep definitely had my resistance to viruses at a low point.  Sadly, I came down with probably the worst flu virus I have ever experienced.  Five straight days wearing nothing but pajamas and barely feeling like eating is no fun.  So, I thought a post on how to stay healthy and avoid the flu would be appropriate as the season for flu germs is already upon us.
My table accessories for the past 5 days!

1.  First and foremost, wash your hands frequently.

2.  Get plenty of sleep, at least 7 hours a night if possible.  Studies show those who sleep longer are better able to fight illnesses.

3.  Avoid touching your face

4.  Aerobic activity 3-4 times weekly will increase your resistance to germs.

5.  Drink plenty of water!  This is a must for runners, so an easy thing to keep up with.

6.  Take Zinc with first signs of a cold.  Proven to diminish the length you will suffer with a cold, taking zinc tablets is an easy inexpensive way to help yourself get well quickly.

7.  Have Lysol wipes handy for cleaning surfaces that may have been touched by many people

8.  Always have antibacterial gel for your hands in your car, purse, gym bag etc.

Finally, if you are really worried about public transportation, be armed and dangerous with these items:

Michael Jackson mask,  wipes and gel

What do you do to avoid the flu?


  1. Pam, you are so darn cute! Thanks for the advice! I wash often and this may sound funny but when I hear somebody coughing,sneezing or having issues with their nose, I either hold my breath, breathe in my sleeve, turn my head, walk away fast then go wash again, LOL Stay Healthy All!!

  2. These are all very important reminders. As a teacher, I am constantly exposed to germs and have to always wash my hands and wipe down desks to limit my exposure to teenage bacteria. One thing that I also find useful is Airborne.

  3. I drink a green smoothie and I take Juice Plus fruit and veggie capsules every day. I haven't been sick in a long time. The only issue that I have had is allergies.

  4. Oh boy. I teach elementary school and I seem to be a depository for every kid germ there is. It's amazing. A child will seem fine until I bend down to help with something and then he sneezes in my face. It never fails. I'm very worried about flying to WDW for the race and then having Tinkerbell the following week in January. I hope I'm not asking for trouble. Your tips are good. Glad you're feeling better!

  5. Oh no! Hope you're feeling better! I always end up sick after a trip, it stinks!

  6. Hope you are feeling better real soon Pam!