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Earlier this week I attended the New York Rangers vs. my New York Islanders game at the Nassau Coliseum here in New York.
Not only is this hockey rivalry the battle of New York and one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports, but braving the weather just to be in attendance for Monday’s game was #NYTough!
It was so beyond cold (Hi, 4 degrees without the wind chill factored in) that even I bundled up and wore my coat.
Are you good about wearing a jacket? As a kid, I never wanted to wear my coat. It was annoying and bulky and ruined the look of my outfits.
My mother was always on me (and still is, seriously, every single day) making sure I remember to wear my coat so that I don’t shiver my way to an illness.
But that’s really a myth, isn’t it? You can’t actually get sick from leaving your coat at home.
In order to get sick, you need to come into contact with a germ and your immune system has to decide that it can’t fight it off this time which leaves with a cold, fever, flu, some sort of virus or goodness help me, the stomach bug.
I like to think I have a really good immune system with or without my coat.
I have never had strep throat, never even had the chicken pox (I had the vaccine instead when I was 18) and I can’t recall the last real cold I experienced (maybe six or seven years ago –let’s knock on wood here, okay?).
So if it’s because I wear my jacket sometimes or if it’s because my immune system is naturally strong, we really may never know.
There are some things we can do though to assist our immune system in staying strong, especially during the winter months when cold and flu season is upon us:
*Sleep & Rest* As a morning person, I go to bed fairly early and stay on routine with my sleep patterns getting myself a good seven or eight hours of sleep (on average) a night.
Rest is super important for recovering our muscles and giving all of our systems a break. If we don’t allow for downtime, our body works on overdrive which absolutely impairs the immune system leaving us more susceptible to germs.
*Eat well* I love an excuse to eat good food. And I don’t just mean chocolate fudge cake and onion rings.
I mean quality and colorful meals, packed with nutrients that serve our body well at regular intervals throughout the day, every day.
My favorite lunch this week – veggie burger on top of a veggie-packed salad heavy on the roasted brussels sprouts because they are my favorite right now!
Skipping meals, waiting too long to eat and then filling up on empty calories is not the way to achieve a healthy functioning body.
*Wash your hands* During the winter months especially, we spend more time indoors surrounded by other people where our odds of coming into contact with germs increases big time.
Remembering to wash our hands often helps to limit our exposure.
I also try to stay conscious of not touching my face with dirty/not recently washed with soap hands to keep the germs away from my eyes/mouth/nose since that becomes easy entry into our body!
*Okay fine, wear your jacket* And a hat (so much body heat lost through the head!)
A jacket may not protect you from the latest virus circling the neighborhood but dressing appropriately for the weather will keep you cozy and comfortable.
I didn’t wear my hat the other day while ice skating outdoors (so fun!) but I did remember my down jacket, scarf and gloves!
Walking around cold and shivering does affect your body. You end up wasting energy trying to keep warm, your muscles get all tense in resistance and the whole unnecessary process is stressful and tiring to your insides which may add to the lowering of the immune defenses.
However, nothing about the human body is perfect and we are not machines.
We can in fact catch a cold, even if we do everything right and drive around in our coat all day long.
When sick happens, especially during cold and flu season, it’s okay to rely on some assistance in the form of Puffs tissues (so soft on the nose!), cups of tea and Vicks NyQuil/Dayquil.
My son was a walking cold virus when he was in preschool which was probably the only time in my life that my immune system would fail me.
I survived on Vicks DayQuil at regular intervals during the day and when I knew he felt well enough to not need me at night, I looked forward to NyQuil for the quality sleep it gave me without being up to blow my nose or feel achy sick.
Ah, those sleeps were glorious.
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This post is sponsored by Procter & Gamble. I received compensation for my time but all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.
What’s the temperature where you live right now? It’s 3 degrees here and the wind chill has us well below zero!
Do you wear your jacket? I try to more now than I ever did.
Last time you had a cold?