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4 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick this Winter

Okay, so it's kind of winter already, I know.  BUT NOT REALLY.  Technically, winter just starts on December 21st, so we still have some time till it's actually winter, although, let's face it, the weather doesn't really go by that.

 I love this season a lot -- the crisp air, the holidays, the snow, COOKIES.  But I don't really like the cold. (Except for snow.  Snow is nice -- in moderation.) And for every winter that I can remember I've always gotten sick at one point or another. Even if it's not a really bad sickness, I've at least been struck with a cold or the flu.  It's not fun.  Last year, for the first time, I never got extremely sick.  ("Extremely" defined: I had to take a day off because I was just plain sick.) A couple weeks back, I was sitting in class thinking about how germ-y the place was and I got the inspiration to write this post.  (YES I KNOW I should have been thinking about, well, um, school.  But no one's PERFECT RIGHT.)


1.  STAY AWAY FROM GERMS
Germs -- anywhere. If someone just coughed, avoid that air like the plague. My family knows that I'm like the super picky one about anything that even potentially has germs.  My rule is to JUST STAY AWAY.  Just do it.  You won't get infected. Except, don't be like...rude. I know there have been a couple times where I'm just like 
When You're Trying To Avoid Someone GIF - Ohno Lol Bye GIFs
and then I'm usually scared that the person thinks that I don't like them or I'm just a rude person.  WHICH I AM NOT.  But in that scenario, saying "I don't want to get sick" sounds like a really lame excuse....so.  Be nice and stay healthy.  It's a win-win for all.

2. DRINK WATER 
So I'm not sure how scientifically proven this one might be, but it's proven by yours truly.  If I start feeling sick or if I'm just getting a not-so-great start to the day, I just drink WATER.  Or tea. Preferably tea, but whatever works.  I just find that the more water I have going into my body, the better I feel.  AND if this helps, drinking water helps with losing weight.  And that is proven.


3. WASH YOUR HANDS
 So you all are probably sighing right now because these all sound really cliché
, but  THIS ONE IS SO GOOD. I'm not even kidding you.  I started doing this a lot more last year, especially in school.  Do you know how many things we touch that...like are touched by many other people? And pretty much wherever you go there's stuff that other people use.  At a store, think about the grocery cart.  Doorknobs? Computers and keyboards at the library.  There are so many things that we touch every day that we usually don't realize are so germ-y.  Solution? Wash your hands.  I promise you that it really does help. 


4. EAT RIGHT
And when all else fails, honestly? Just eat what's good for your body, and your body in turn will thank you.  I know that it's really hard during the holiday season, but that's where self-control can come into play (IF of course, you're one of those amazing people who have self control.  In which case tell ME YOUR SECRETS, because ha, this girl needs some help with that.) Eat lots of fruit, because they fill you up and taste really sweet at the same time. And while it's definitely not something that happens overnight, if you stick with one thing and make it a habit, it'll slowly start to become a part of your lifestyle.  

but really, it's also the holiday season so go out and eat some cookies too okay. 

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So what do you think about this? Do you all have any ideas about what else we can do to STAY HEALTHY THIS WINTER? Together, we can so no to donuts and iced coffee, my friends.  (PFFFFFT YEAH SURE) I'm attempting to go sugar-free this week (key word: attempting), so send HELP, guys. It's going to be a long one.  What do you do to stay healthy? Let's talk! (Oh, and on a totally random side note -- my awesome friend Morning is doing a blogger yearbook.  Isn't that the coolest thing ever? And we want you to be a part of that.  So definitely hop on over to her blog to find out how you can be in it! It's pretty amazing.) 

-autumn 

36 comments:

  1. ugh this is perfect time because i've already been sick once this winter and it's gonna happen again, i know it. *le sigh* I work at a restaurant, so i'm handling people's credit cards and everything else with all the germs on it, so LOTS of hand-washing for me, haha.

    - Aimee (To the Barricade!)

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    1. AW NO YOU CAN DO IT. working at a restaurant would definitely have a lot of germ-y stuff though so yeah...yay for hand-washing xD But I bet it will help you in the long run though :)

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  2. Those are really great tips! My whole family has already had colds this fall, I didn't get it though, thank goodness. I was sick around Christmas last year, so hopefully that's not the case this year. :)

    Have a good week!

    With love and all joy,
    Allie D.
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    1. Aww, thanks Allie! I know right? I think I got a little sick earlier this fall but it wasn't too bad. Ooh, that wouldn't be fun! Being sick around the holidays is the worst ever.

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  3. Thanks for this! I need a reminder every now and then. Winter won't be here for a while for me. Right now in Australia, it's spring, which means I have to worry about hayfever symptoms. :( But somehow I manage to get sick in all seasons anyway, unfortunately. Did you know one time I got sick from a vaccine shot?

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    1. Haha, thanks for reading, Jo :) SAME I NEED THEM ALL THE TIME. Yeah, that's true. AUSTRALIA SOUNDS REALLY NICE ABOUT NOW. Ohh yeah but allergies are no fun either. They're pretty bad sometimes for me in the spring too. OH MY GOODNESS REALLY? That's so crazy. That would so not be fun!

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  4. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. I haaaate getting sick but I've basically become immune to most sicknesses. (Although most people think I'm a weirdo healthy nut for taking things like kombucha and colloidal silver lol) but STAYING AWAY IS DEFINITELY ONE I LIVE BY LOLOLOL. Like...why leave my house?? THERE ARE GERMS AND COUGHING PEOPLE IN THE OUTSIDE WORLD. (I am basically Rapunzel.) BUT YES THESE ARE VERY GOOD WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY. <3 I approve. Also waffles can be very therapeutic. Just sayin'. ;)

    lotsalove,
    abbiee

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    1. IT IS. wooooaahh ok please teach me your ways then i'd love to be immune to sickness like seriously. GO YOU! OMG KOMBUCHA YOU DRINK THAT TOO THAT IS AWESOME. Like honestly, we used to make kombucha and I can't say I was the BIGGEST fan of it, but I'd drink it. THAT IS SO AWESOME. Dude...okay, I drink silver too! I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO DID CRAZY HEALTH THINGS. AAAH I AM FEELING A CONNECTION.

      lol i agree with you (AUTUMN YOU'RE AN EXTROVERT.) but honestly, there are times i don't want to go outside either. WHY BOTHER. haha yes waffles are always good for the body. ;')

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  5. I LEGIT JUST GOT SICK YESTERDAY!! I hardly ever get sick to.... I hate colds....tissues, sneezing, not being about to lay down at night, cause of you know how it goes with the runny nose...:p

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    1. CLARA I AM SICK RIGHT NOW. I wrote this post like two days ago? And yesterday I got sick. And I am still sick today. THE IRONY OF LIFE. But I honestly rarely do get sick tbh. and even if I do I still like to do things. I HATE BEING SICK. I HATE IT.

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  6. Hah, I was so close to being like NOPE SPRRY FRIEND ITS NOT winter. But you saved yourself (;

    So I too got sick this weekend and OH IT SUCKS. I am going to be a germ freak this winter ttyl. Haha I do love this post!

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    1. hahaha YOU WILL ALWAYS KEEP ME ON TRACK ABOUT THE SEASONS DUDE. XD I remember like a while back you were also like nope it's not fall yet people don't say that! PHEW.

      Thanks for reading, Vanessa! YES LET'S SAME STAY AWAY FROM GERMS.

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  7. This is such a useful post, because I get sick really often! I love number three, and what you talked about in number three is something that I'm always thinking. Like, these objects that we're touching on a daily basis have TONS of germs on them..

    Great tips! I'll use them!

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    1. Aww I'm sorry! Hopefully you don't this winter! YES THEY DO IT'S CRAZY ISN'T IT?

      Thanks for reading, Jollygirl!

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  8. GERMAPHOBES UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gosh, I hate getting sick. I hate it so, so much. People laugh at me because I'm always trying to avoid germs, but hey- it's better than being sick!!!

    Also, my two tips- wipe your cell phone off with an alcohol wipe because HELLO PHONES ARE NASTY, and use lots of lotion during the winter because you're washing your hands so much that they will get dry and crack. XD

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    1. YESSSS!!!!!!!!

      SAME GRACE ANNE. I hate it with a passion. It's just the worst thing in the entire world. haha yes let them laugh XD BEING SICK IS NOT FUN.

      Oooh yes I love those ideas! LOTION IS SUCH A GOOD IDEA. I try to stay hydrated because my lips and hands always get sooo dry.

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  9. I LOVE THE FIRST GIF *can't stop laughing*

    legit tho. I don't want to be sick. ESPECIALLY BEFORE CHRISTMAS. like can the germs wait until like...oh December 26th??? ILL BE FINE WITH THAT

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    1. HAHAHA I KNOW RIGHT? I rarely use GIF'S but I loved this one.

      RIGHTTT??? or can they just like not come at all? Because that would be super nice too. I'D BE FINE WITH THAT TOO, TBH.

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  10. I probably don't care about germs as much as I should...but I don't care, haha! And btw I went over to Morning's thing and filled in the form! So yay!

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    1. haha hey as long as we stay healthy, right?? Aw I'm so happy! That's great, Maggie :)

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  11. This post is exactly what I need right now - my entire family (save for me) is currently fighting some icky winter sickness and I AM THE LONE SURVIVOR. Also, you're so right about germs....they are legit everywhere. Which is why I'm contemplating wearing gloves around the house haha :) I would say that eating oranges/drinking orange juice for the Vitamin C also helps! And a good nap never hurts :)

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    1. ERIN YOU GOT THIS. Stay healthy xx
      XD YES RIGHT? It's so icky...germs are nasty. Hahaha well that MIGHT END UP BEING HELPFUL. Like I honestly don't think that that would be a bad idea. VITAMIN C IS THE BOMB. I love that stuff. Yess sleeping is always the key to be honest.

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  12. Yes to all of these--plus getting enough sleep. I tend to stay up ridiculously late, then wonder why I feel so crappy in the morning.

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    1. I'm so glad you agree, Alex! YES SLEEP IS IMPORTANT. I definitely could've added to this list. RIGHT?? I really need to work on that one.

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  13. HAHAHA YES. i absolutely hate getting sick. don't you know it. wonderful list, Autumn!

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    1. SAME, CALLY. It's absolutely awful. Honestly, I'm just praying that God will keep me healthy. Thanks, girl <3

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  14. Ugh, getting sick is the worst!! I actually am sick right now lol. I'm definitely going to try these tips though, especially the drinking-more-water one, because I don't think i drink enough water...
    thanks for this post!!

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    1. IT IS! Haha, I was sick for the past two days so I definitely feel ya. Thanks for reading this post, Abby! THAT IS SO IMPORTANT. I've started carrying a water bottle around just because i need to stay more hydrated.

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  15. Okay but legitimately my family is sick right now. Like waht. XD BUT I AM HOUSESITING AND I DON'T GO BACK HOME FOR A FEW MORE DAYS SO HOPEFULLY THEY WILL BE FINE BY THEN. :P

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    1. EVERYONE IS SICK RIGHT NOW. UGH.
      haha hopefully! IF NOT YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO WASH YOUR HANDS A LOT. XD

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  16. For some reason, I always wish I was sick, until I actually get sick. Then I just want to be feel better. I also have this weird curse where I always get sick on my birthday (it's happened five consecutive years now), so perhaps these guidelines will help prevent the deadly cold for next year. :)
    Lovely post. I'm sorry I missed out on so many these past few months I've been gone! <3

    Aliah | Indigo Ink

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    1. SAME!!! I get sick on my birthday a LOT. Also during the holidays. It really sucks.

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    2. You know what the crazy thing is? I literally did ALL of the things you listed. All of them. And I got sick THREE times during the month of November. THREE STINKIN' TIMES!
      #storyofmylife

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  17. Reading this now that I'm sick...oops.

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