Winter is coming, y’all, and I’m ready. At least I’m ready for the fun parts, which include but are not limited to: Cashmere sweaters, hot toddies, Holiday festivities, and sandwiches made with Thanksgiving leftovers. Here’s what I’m NOT looking forward to: Cold and flu season.
Even in a normal year, I dread the months my boyfriend and I spend passing a cold back and forth. Imagine the impending sense of doom this year, when we flinch every time someone clears their throat.
But, as my boyfriend likes to remind me, it’s important to only worry about the things you can control in life. There are healthy habits I’m getting into now, to avoid getting sick, and stay well into the New Year.
First up: we have to keep wearing masks. I know we all have collective COVID fatigue, but ignoring it is only going to make it worse. Our masks are super-soft, like your favorite perfectly worn-in t-shirt, and they come in saturated shades that add some serious style. The pink is a crowd-favorite, but I think the mustard is surprisingly elegant. No one likes wearing a mask, but there are some ways to make it a little more comfortable. I keep a little bowl of mask straps and mask extenders next to the door, so I can always grab one on my way out. The mask straps and extenders take the pressure off of our ears and redistribute it across the back of your head. They make any mask more effective with a more custom, snug fit, but I also like that the strap means I can keep my mask around my neck, so I never lose it and always have it ready when I need it.
If you’re flying home for the holidays this year, consider doubling up on the plane with a face shield. You don’t have to be on a plane to wear it, though. I’ve worn it to have socially distanced drinks with friends. Trust me, it makes it a lot easier to sip a glass of wine. And it’s so easy to sanitize - I just spritz a little bit of our glass cleaner on it! Speaking of sanitizing, I like to keep hand sanitizer on my person at all times.
Of course, you should also be sleeping at least eight hours a night, eating healthy, and drinking a ton of water. Easier said than done, right? When it comes to eating healthier, I’ve started eating a little bit of Good Mix every morning. I put a scoop of it on yogurt in the morning, and the nutrient-packed mix means I know I did at least one healthy thing that day. It really helps with gut-health, and also keeps me regular, so no more bloat!
IF YOU DO GET SICK: Don’t panic! The common cold still does exist, so if you find yourself with a case of the sniffles, take a deep breath and use the Mata inhaler. It’s made with a special mix of natural herbs that work together to relieve congestion. It’s like a Vick’s inhaler, that studied abroad. There’s even a clean version of the chest rub that gives me all the nostalgia vibes of Mom taking care of me. I also use it around my nostrils to avoid that sandpaper-feeling when you’ve had to blow your nose that many times a day.
Finally, I’ve made it very clear that I’m pro-bath. It just makes you feel better (especially when you’re feeling a little under the weather). Just add some bath salts, and relax. I think we all deserve that, at the very least.
Wishing you a happy and healthy season.