how to get ready for the sick season

Sick season is upon us.  I adore the cooler weather that the fall season brings, but not so much the inevitable colds, flus, stomach bugs and grab bag of all sorts of other winter misery. I’d like to share how to get ready for sick season, so you can get prepared ahead of time for what the sick season may bring your way.

Little kids, especially toddlers are magnet for all sorts of illness.  And if you have a large family like I do you can just assume to multiply the seasonal sickness. We know its coming, so we might as well get ready for it. There’s nothing worse than feeling miserable and not having the medicine, natural supplements or foods that you need or want on hand.

Here’s how to get ready for the sick season:

1. Stock up on medicines, supplements and vitamins.

Go ahead and stock up on what you know you are likely to need. Whatever medicines, essential oils, supplements that you like to use to combat the germies.  I’m not a fan of using a lot of meds or overusing the basics, but I know that we like to have acetaminophen, ibuprofen, Breathe essential oil, ricola cough drops, sudafed, vics vapor rub on hand. Probiotics, mulitvitamins, Vitamin C and elderberry syrup are other things I like to have stocked up for the sick season.

Don’t forget to add tissues to the shopping list! These seem to just disappear and toilet paper just rubs noses raw. There’s nothing worse than a baby spiking a crazy high fever at bed time and not having Tylenol or a sore throat at bed time and needing to run out to the store when you are tired and ready for some much needed rest. Having to go out in the middle of the night for something you need is even worse!

2. Make some freezer meals/have easy food on hand:

Not only should you consider what over the counter meds and supplements you will want, but also what kinds of easy foods would be nice to have in the case of a serious emergency aka mama is sick!  I don’t know what it is, but I tend to usually get struck down in the middle of the night and wake up completely out of commission with no warning.  Or maybe there was warning but I was too busy taking care of sick kids to actually notice. Either way…..

When you have meals in the freezer I feel like you can more fully and truly rest.  Sure you can get take out, but in my case with food sensitivities it’s just harder and more expensive.  Not to mention with a larger family that can really blow the budget quickly.  Better to be prepared! I love freezer meals because you can just pull them out dump them in the crockpot or throw in the oven and then get back to resting on the couch. Chicken soup is what I always crave when I’m really sick.

I think it’s great to have other easy foods and snacks on hand for when you are sick and don’t have the energy to put a lot of effort into meals. Appetites tend also to be low if everyone is sick anyways. Crackers, baked potatoes, cheese sticks, fruit, peanut butter and applesauce are a few things that come to mind.

3. Don’t forget your liquids:

I’d argue liquids might even be more important, depending on what kind of sickness is going through your house. Bone broth, coconut water, seltzer water and herbal teas are all things I want to have plenty of during this season.  Pieces of ginger for tea are great both for settling the stomach and for soothing sore throat.

2. Stay on top of taking your vitamins and supplements. 

Be diligent on taking your vitamins and get kids taking their vitamins regularly.  Vitamin C and elderberry are also good to take regular to keep that immune system boosted and functioning at it’s peak. Probiotics are essential for keeping good gut health. Which leads me to the next thing….

3. Take care of your gut.

This is more of a preventative, but keeping your gut in good health goes a long way in having a robust immune system and being sick less often.  Probiotics, bone broth soups, keeping sugar to a minimum and fasting all play a part in building a healthier gut.

4. Wash your hands frequently.

Especially when you have been out in public.  This one makes a big difference.  And did you know it’s less about the soap and more about the scrubbing action.  So don’t just swipe them, actually spend a good 20 seconds scrubbing your hands often to keep germs to a minimum. 

5. Get extra rest and sleep.

Getting more rest and sleep boosts your immune system. When you have a lot of stress or are tired your body is already working harder. Which makes you more susceptible to catching a cold, flu or bug. I have found this to be really helpful and effective.  If you know you are exposed to something or are feeling run down, go to bed earlier and cancel those extra plans. I know personally, if I am diligent to get the extra sleep that I can successfully hold off illness even with kids coughing in my face and such.

So there you go! I hope this helps you get ready for sick season, that you are prepared when the germs hit and that you have a healthier and happier winter than the year before!

What else would you add? What do you like to keep stocked up for sick season? Don’t forget to check out my Pinterest Simple Natural Remedies Board for more ideas. I also have a Simple Freezer Cooking Board to help get you started on stocking your freezer.

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how to get ready for the sick season