Mary really should’ve planned the birth of her son a little better. The busiest time of the year is also the germiest (not a real word). The only thing that can ruin your Christmas faster than a maxed credit card, is a bad cold, or worse, the stomach flu. In addition to back pain, headaches, TMJ, gastrointestinal problems and depression, stress decreases the effectiveness of your immune system. I will not insult your intelligence by offering ways to reduce your stress. I know the only cure for holiday anxiety is December 26th. I will though, share the simple steps I am taking this week to try to support my immune system. It may not work, but at the very least I can say I tried.
1. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. I started the day with 8 pennies (that’s all I have left) in my left pocket. Each time I have a glass, I am moving them over one at a time until they are all in my right pocket. I sometimes use silly bandz to keep track, starting on my left wrist and moving them to my right. Usually, I am tripping over silly bandz, finding them in the sugar bowl and the oven. Of course, today, I couldn’t find one. Another useful trick is to drink your water out of a wine glass – it goes down easier.
2. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Even if they are smothered in sweet and sour sauce and come in a to-go container, you will still benefit from the vitamins and minerals.
3. Consider supplementing with vitamin C and zinc. I don’t take supplements on a regular basis — although, I should definitely be taking calcium and vitamin D. So should you. This week, I will be taking 1000mg of vit C each day and prophylactically sucking on cough drops with zinc.
4. Get enough sleep. HA!
5. Limit your caffeine and sugar intake. Double HA! But … I’m going to try!
Good luck! I wish you all a week void of any unexpected bumps in the road, unforeseen expenses and last minute shopping emergencies. Fa, la, la, la, la ….