I love this day. I'm from San Francisco for heavens sake where Halloween is a city-wide celebration. I woke up with my throat killing me on the right side and my back (on the same side) seizing up with every movement. I had to call in sick to work. I love dressing up for work! I was so bummed. Then I only had 1 little "superhero" come to the house to trick or treat which is 1 more than I had last year. What has happened to this event? I get so sad now for all of the little ones unable or not allowed to go out anymore.
Well, fall season is here and along with it come the holidays, parties, sneezes, sniffles and coughs. I was checking out my friend, Barbara Appelbaums' website, www.appelbaumwellness.com and she had a great blog about protecting your immune system as you manage your way through the seasonal and weather changes.
This is from her site;
"Here is a list of easy tips to help you stay healthy during the change of seasons:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Without realizing it, you touch your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands all the time. If they are not clean, you are spreading germs.
- When you sneeze or cough, do so into the crook of your elbow. This prevents your germs from spreading to those around you and exposing them. Ask your friends, family and co-workers to do the same.
- As much as you may think you are being loving, stop hugging and kissing everyone. You do not know who might be sick and this only spreads illness. (This one is hard for me, I'm a hugger!)
- Get enough sleep. When you sleep your body and immune system regenerate and repair.
- Stay hydrated. Consuming the proper amount of water keeps your immune system strong.
- Try to get fresh air whenever you possibly can. Even on a cold day, crack your car window just a touch to let in the fresh air and allow any germs to escape.
- Exercise and eat healthfully. This keeps your body in robust condition to ward off viruses."
I have no idea where I got this cold, I hope thats all it is, from but I'm thinking during jury duty. I was so chilled in the courtroom and then it was so hot outside. A couple of my fellow jurors where sneezing then. I didn't really start feeling weird until Tues. but I thought I'd won the battle. Apparently I hadn't, Wed. night I was down again, hard. I hate calling in sick but I didn't want to get anyone else sick either. I'd have been selfish to go in this way. I would've probably gotten worse anyway. That would not have done anyone any good for me to be there.
As it is, I'm still sneezing and stuffed up but my throat isn't as bad as it was and my back is feeling better too. Not perfect but better. I wanted to go see my friend K. and her 1 week old 2nd son this weekend but that's also on hold now. Boo-hoo! I get nothin'!
I did get in a couple of workouts this last week, both strength & cardio. It felt great to move again after the previous week of sittin' and eatin' but I might've overdone it. Who knows?
Just remember; pay attention to Barbara's tips above and stay home if you do get sick so you don't pass it along to anyone else.
Stay well and be active.
By the way, check out the RECIPES page for my "Easy Chicken Curry" that I made last night. Yummy!