How to Avoid Cold & Flu Season this Year The Happy Housie Brought to you by Jamieson and TheCo. Whew! This year is certainly off to a busy start, in part due to all of the goals and plans that I’ve set for myself. January was such a wet, dark, cold and dreary month around here, and I love having new and exciting things to focus on. If you’ve been following along with my Friday’s Faves or read my plans and goals in this post (link here to a previous post), then you know that health and wellness is a big goal for me this year. The last few years of trying to balance my family, my teaching job, and this blog have taken a bit of a toll on me, health-wise. I’ve become much less active, gained weight, and find myself with much less energy than I’ve enjoyed in the past. And with the onset of 2018, it was time to change all that. I’ve been following the healthy eating plan that I shared with you previously and am loving it! I’m focusing on eating a healthful diet full of dark green, yellow, and red vegetables and fruits and starting to incorporate green tea instead of drinking so much coffee. I’ve also started my run training, have signed up for a weekly yoga class, and am trying to get outside for fresh air and exercise whenever possible. For the first time in my life, I’ve actually started to take self-care seriously. Now that I’m of a certain age, I’ve clued in to how important taking care of my health is. I’ve reconciled myself to our current busy schedule and lifestyle and am working on fitting “me time” in between my teaching, parenting, household duties. And by “me time” I mean finally making a priority out of taking care of “me”; eating healthy, getting more exercise, drinking lots of water, and getting better sleep. It also means taking time for self-care! Anything you do that recharges and revives you is considered self-care, and it varies for everyone. It doesn’t have to mean extravagant days at the spa, though I’d welcome that, as well! It can mean reading a book, taking a bath, going to yoga, or spending time visiting friends or enjoying creative pursuits. I’m hoping that all these efforts to take better care of myself will mean that I can keep on top of cold and flu season this year. And I’ve turned to Jamieson all natural vitamins to help me with this goal of staying healthy. I’ve never been good about regularly taking vitamins. Even when I was pregnant (eek!) I found the whole thing so confusing. Whenever I walk into the vitamin section of the drug store I feel blinded by the sheer volume of choices. But I’ve learned there are some basic ones to focus on for optimum health. Daily Vitamin C It’s a powerful antioxidant that supports a healthy immune system. And lots of Vitamin D. Let me tell you, we certainly need extra of the “sunshine vitamin” around here since we get next-to-no actual sunshine during many months of the year. Vitamin D is said to be one of the most important vitamins in helping to support a strong immune system. In the past, I’ve relied mainly on hygiene (regular hand washing, etc.) to keep the colds and flus at bay. That, and trying to get enough sleep. But with our busy lives, and spending so much time in contact with children, I generally succumb to one or two colds per season. I’m hoping that my new focus on prevention will help this year, but if it doesn’t, I’m prepared! I’ve picked up some all-natural Jamieson Cold Fighter to start taking at the first sign of a stuffy nose or scratchy throat. Only one per day! Even I can remember to do that. They are available in both chewable and soft gels; these vitamins are like the powerhouse of the cold-fighting world. They contain Echinacea, Ginger, extra Vitamin C and Zinc – four proven cold fighters that boost your immune system and kick that virus to the curb. Because what busy, working Mom has time to deal with a cold? So, all in all, I feel much more prepared to handle cold and flu season this year. I’m really excited about the new lifestyle changes I’m working on making in order to better support my own health and wellness. Here are some more ideas for how to take optimal care of yourself! Because if you don’t take care of yourself first, then who is going to take care of everyone else? Read even more great tips on staying healthy this cold and flu season over at the Jamieson All Natural blog.