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5 Quick And Useful Tips On Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season #ReliefIsHere

Before her Christmas visit, my mother was sick for quite a spell with the flu. It was hard on her. She said, her skin felt so sensitive to touch and her bones ached!
I'm so glad she was over it before her visit to see us for the Christmas holidays. Travel would have made things so much harder on her well being.

Then I read on the news how bad the flu outbreak is being this year, and how many are dying from the illness. Older, younger and people with compromised immune systems are hardest hit.

After the holidays and it was time for my children to return to school, we discussed ways for them to try to remain healthy, while on campus. It's harder for kids to remember little things such as not touching nose, mouth, sharing things and so on, but if they only remember one thing at a time, the rest will follow.

So far, thank God, the kids have been in school for a few weeks and haven't brought home any illnesses! I'm so glad, because my body is not up to being sick right now.

I have realized that every time they begin a new school term, they usually bring home a cold, or the flu. This leads me to believe, they are remembering our discussed ways to stay as healthy as possible and perhaps their immune systems are much stronger than mine :)
Whichever way, I'm just so thankful that we have not being sick.

How do you help your family stay healthy during cold and flu season?

Last time we were sick, I realized that I didn't have the right medicine for the aches and pains of the flu and other symptoms. I was very concerned and realized that even if we didn't get sick too often, I must ensure medicines are up-to-date and ready to use. It is hard to pick up a sick child to run to the store or pharmacy!

This season, I am prepared.
And now that the Vicks #ReliefIsHere Program is up and running, I would love to share some tips with you on how to stay healthy during this flu season:

1. Sanitize everything!
One of the first ways to ruin a vacation together is catching a cold on the plane. Carry antibacterial wipes and wipe down every surface you may touch on the plane.

2.  Wash your hands
Wash your hands especially before touching your own or a loved one’s eyes, nose or mouth.

3.  Be proactive
On family vacations with everyone close together, take Cold-EEZE at the first sign of a cold to shorten the duration, minimizing the amount of time you are sick to better enjoy your vacation.

4.  Be prepared
Carry medications with you to minimize the impact of a cold or illness so you can all still enjoy your trip.

5.  Be healthy
Good hydration, good nutrition and exercise go a long way to giving the body the support it needs to stay strong.

If you have any other tips, please share with me in the comments below.

Since I began writing this post last week, I have gotten sick. At first I thought it was just allergies, since it was just stuffy nose, itchy ears and eyes. Turns out it's a weird cold that is affecting only my face!

I still have to get up very early during the week for school and of course take the kids to their after school activities, and other regular day to day duties. It's been so much harder this time.
I did grab the Vicks  NyQuil to help me sleep throughout the night - which was scary since I could only breathe through my mouth and then my mouth would get so dry that it was painful to swallow the next morning.
Then to help me navigate my days better, I used the Vicks DayQuil for some much needed relief.

What is the worst part about getting a cold or the flu?

The Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe was just in time for my being ill. I'm still ill and intend to keep the dosage until I get well again. I'm not used to taking medicine for a cold, but as I get older, it's harder on my body and I realize I do need medicinal help.

I was really surprised at the instant relief of my nasal congestion, because that is what was the worst part of my cold right now. It was like bam! And I'm like, there you are! Relief! I can breathe!

When it comes to sick, I swear I get everything both husband and kids bring home!!!

Which of your family members seems to get a cold or the flu every year?

Vicks DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu

Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
Maximum strength non drowsy cold and flu relief so you can tackle your to-do list.
Available in caplets or liquid.

Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms: nasal congestion, sinus congestion and pressure, cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation, minor aches and pains, headache, fever, sore throat
Reduces swelling of nasal passages
Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage
Helps loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions to rid the bronchial passageways of bothersome mucus and make coughs more productive

And the NyQuil balances it out with nicely.

Vicks NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu

Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
Maximum strength nighttime cold and flu relief, so you can take back your night.
The powerful NyQuil relief you trust now with a decongestant.
Available in caplets or liquid.

I did notice it says 10% alcohol in the NyQuil, but the DayQuil didn't have any. That does make sense.

Is anyone in your family suffering from cold or flu symptoms now?
Do you have help when you are sick? Or do you have to power through on your own?

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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  1. great tips! One thing we always do is drink lots of herbal teas using herbs that boost immunity. One of my favorites is "triple-e" using Echinacea, Elderberries. and Elder flowers. The best way is to use loose herbs rather than bagged and to let it steep at least 15-20 minutes.

    1. That's a great idea!
      I do drink the green tea but I want to find something else too!

  2. Thank you so much for the great tips. After having the flu this year, I don't want to catch it again. There are so many flu viruses out there that it's a good possibility. I'll be sure to use your tips.

    1. It is no fun at all!
      Thank you for sharing and you are welcome!

  3. These are great tips! I think the most important one is to wash hands.

    1. I agree. Water and soap is so good!

  4. Great tips! I'm so shocked having 6 kids we don't have more sickness in our house! We are all rarely sick (me way more than anyone else!) and all we do is eat properly, wash hands often and get good sleep! - Jeanine

    1. That my dear is wonderful!
      Thank you for sharing!

  5. Great tips! I'm so shocked having 6 kids we don't have more sickness in our house! We are all rarely sick (me way more than anyone else!) and all we do is eat properly, wash hands often and get good sleep! - Jeanine

  6. I hate the horrid stuffiness and congestion. I always feel like I am suffocating!

    1. That is exactly how I feel right now! I despise it!

  7. Great tips that anyone can use this flu season. Nyquil is my prime choice of relief

    1. Thank you Kristin!
      It does work quickly!

  8. Great tips. I needed these back in December when we were sharing the flu virus at our house until none of us could leave. I love does a body with good rest.

    1. I definitely need some rest now Julee! :)

  9. Oh, yes! I am a mad flurry of sanitizing crazy. I have 3 young kids and I don't think they can keep from sliming each other.... or the whole house. Yuck! I keep plenty of DayQuil and Nyquil handy in case though.

    1. LOL Mine too! They can't help it!
      Thanks for sharing :)

  10. It is really an informative and useful post for the individuals. Great tips, keep sharing

  11. This article is so very important for people to read during this icky flu season! Thanks for the useful article! :)

    1. Thank you Daniele. And you are welcome :)

  12. Day Quill and Nyquil have always been great relief to me.
    Hope you are feeling better soon!

    1. I hope to feel better soon Dahlin!
      Thank you.


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