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It’s that time of year I love so much, full of Friday night football games, crock-pot dinners, and long boots with jeans. Though my favorite season brings a smile to my face, I have to admit that it’s also a reminder of what’s around the corner…GERM SEASON!
I say that it’s just around the corner, but that’s only if you are lucky and the back to school “germies” haven’t already gotten your family. One of us has already been sick this school year. That didn’t take long. Never does.
But there’s so much we can do to fight against germs, and this mom is determined to win!
Top 5 Ways to Win the Fight Against Germs this Season
Let’s face it, unless we are cooped up inside our homes for months at a time, we are going to be exposed to not-so-friendly germs this fall and winter. Whether we are inundated with germs in the classroom or while traveling around the country, there are things we can do to be prepared.
Keep Your Immunity Strong
You and I both know that when we feel run-down, that’s the time when we are most susceptible to catching something.
The best way to combat this is to keep our immunity strong.
- Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Take a great multi-vitamin, especially if you aren’t eating all that great.
- Add in Vitamin C for good measure.
- Exercise regularly
- Get enough sleep and rest.
I know as a mom it can be incredibly hard to get as much sleep as I need. So during those times where I might stay up a little late (okay, a lot late), you’ll find me sneaking in a nap or two. Naps are so underrated!
The one thing that is non-negotiable for me this season is exercise. If I catch something, I could be down and out for months. Regular exercise helps me keep as strong as I can.
Wash Your Hands
It’s what our kids have growing up hearing. They know they’re supposed to wash their hands before eating, after using the restroom, and a million other times.
But…have you noticed how many people DO NOT wash their hands?
I have been shocked as I’ve watched so many leave restrooms without washing, but not as shocked as I was when I witnessed a plumber touch places you and I wouldn’t want to touch, and never bothered washing, even when given the opportunity. EEEEK!
This one simple act is one of the most effective ways we can fight germs this season and why I stock the house and garage with Dial!
Dial Complete Foaming Hand Wash kills 99.9% germs! Enough said!
Be Prepared while Traveling
I’ll never forget one weekend this past winter. My family and I embarked on an bucket list trip to one destination we’d never been. Though it started out incredible, by the time we arrived home, two of us were very ill.
Looking back, it was no wonder we were pretty miserable:
- Mom stayed up all night to pack for the trip (Literally NO SLEEP).
- We ventured to a theme park for several days, full of kids, and plenty of sick ones at that.
- We were traveling by air to and from.
- Early flight home meant only 3 hours sleep.
- It was the height of germ season, according to the map.
Traveling during those high seasons can be rough. Just like when kids are packed into classrooms and germs are spread, same thing happens in train stations, airports, bus stations, and cruise terminals.
Just in case someone in your crew starts feeling sick, it’s best to be prepared.
You don’t want to look for a pharmacy while you are in a city you aren’t familiar with. So I pack some essentials. Always. Well, that’s not entirely true, as my daughter likes to remind me. She tells me that when I pack them no-one gets sick, but the time or two I’ve forgotten, well, that’s the time someone has gotten sick.
What do I pack?
- Portable Thermometer (check the battery before you go)
- Halls (cherry is a personal favorite) – this simply does the trick when I have an irritated throat.
- Breathe Right Nasal Strips – relieves my nasal congestion without medicine (and I dare say helps with the snoring of a certain loved one, so I can sleep better).
- TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Day/Night – because when I’m traveling, I’m not going to be staying in bed. I need both daytime and nighttime relief.
Stop Touching Your Face
It’s the one thing that drives this mom crazy (okay, maybe the list is longer than that, but still).
Have you ever been in a public place and watched how many times a person touches their face? I have, just for fun. And the results made it clear this is a BIG problem.
So yes, you should be washing your hands, but there are times when it’s impractical or unfeasible. But whether you’ve washed your hands or not, germs get into your body and wreak havoc through your eyes and nose. Apparently the mouth isn’t as much of a concern (thank goodness says all the moms of thumb-sucking kiddos).
It’s a habit that if stopped, can really change your fate this germ season.
So pay attention. Do you touch your face?
Last but not least, you’ll want to stock up before anyone comes home with the sniffles.
Stock the medicine cabinet.
Stock the pantry shelves.
Be prepared so that you don’t have to leave, especially when you are the one who is sick, to search for your much-needed essentials.
Stock up! That’s exactly what I did this week at my local Kroger. My cart was full of healthy foods and my must-have items for germ season. Many of them mentioned above, but a few more that are a must for home.
My daughter and I happen to be a bit congested this week (I’m sure we aren’t the only ones), so we were running low on Kleenex! I grabbed several boxes of Kleenex Trusted Care, one for every room just about. There’s one in each and every bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, living areas, and I always have one in the car too.
I also make sure to have Theraflu ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu Caplets on hand. Just in case. So easy to have on hand because you don’t need a prescription, and there’s nothing worse than having headaches, body aches, and more.
These are brands I trust to help my family prepare for and get through germ season! You can find them all at Kroger and Kroger-owned stores like Baker’s, City Market, Dillons, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Gerbes, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs, or Smith’s. There’s also savings on these products now.
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Do you have any tips for fighting germs this season?
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