Pt 1: Win with Basic Lifestyle Hacks
People who own or lead businesses are a breed who consistently push themselves to work hard and produce results. We are Overachievers, and we tend to be Workaholics. Being highly motivated to work is a great characteristic when we are working on a big job or starting a new project, however it can also be a liability to our health and well being. Specifically, it’s important to remember that when we push too hard, we are at a high risk for getting sick.
Illness is a Triple Curse!
For Workaholics, getting sick hurts triple. It is bad for our businesses, it’s bad for our personal budgets, and it’s bad for our mental health. First, aside from losing money directly from cancelled services and sales in the office, missing work days break your business momentum. If you lose a week or 2 to illness in the middle of a big project, it can easily lead to problematic delays and increased expenses. Workaholics also face the personal expenses of healthcare: high insurance deductibles, medication costs, office visits, and co-pays which add up quickly. Lastly, it’s incredibly stressful to miss important meetings and deadlines when people are counting on us. Aside from hurting our mental health, this extra stress is also harmful physically because it prolongs illnesses – so you end up with a negative mood and a lingering cough that won’t go away a month later or ongoing fatigue. Luckily there are easy things you can do every day to prevent the triple curse and win this cold and flu season!
Workaholic’s Tip #1: Kill germs, Win Health.
1. Sanitize: your keyboard, desk, devices, steering wheel, and water bottle daily.
I also recommend using a safe, chemical free option for sanitizing so you aren’t exposing yourself to chemicals that disrupt hormones or may cause cancer while you are preventing a cold.
2. Wash your Hands:
Use regular soap and water – Antibacterial Soap NOT required!
– When you arrive at work/get home
– Before you touch your eyes/nose/mouth or eat
– After using shared tools/equipment – at the office, gym, or at home
– After using the bathroom
-After being in contact with people who are sick
Workaholic’s Tip #2: Use Lifestyle Hacks to Stay Healthy
1. Make Sleep a Priority: Studies show that sleep is more important than any other factor in staying well – even when directly exposed to a virus. To be completely honest, there isn’t a vitamin or an herb that is more powerful than good quality sleep when it comes to promoting health and immunity. If you’ve tried everything, but you aren’t getting good sleep or you don’t wake feeling rested, talk to your health providers. Sometimes, fixing sleep issues is as simple as adding Magnesium or Vitamin D to your daily routine. There are lots of safe and natural options to help you get deep sleep all night long.
2. De-Stress Daily: Being stressed out puts us at a high risk for getting sick. Stress lowers your immunity and can really destroy you. It hurts your body by doing things like raising blood pressure and damaging digestion and it ruins the mood by making us grumpy, emotional, angry, impatient, and irritable. De-Stressing can be as simple as taking some deep breaths, soaking in a bath, doodling in a notebook, playing with essential oils, or gentle stretching. I also recommend visiting your favorite Acupuncturist for a relaxation session. Euphoria and Bliss are my favorite Acupuncture side effects!
3. Stay Active: A daily 20 minute walk at lunch, regularly hitting the gym, or some weekend golfing can be enough to increase your immunity and keep you from getting sick. A great goal would be 10-15K steps daily.
4. Eat Healthy: We all know we should be eating a varied diet of plants. Fruits and vegetables ensure we are getting enough nutrients in our diets to build and maintain a healthy immune system. When people around you are getting sick, it’s especially important to do your best to have a healthy diet. Eating clean basically means skipping fried and processed food, fast food, and sugary sweets and enjoying lots of organic, unprocessed fruits/vegetables and lean protein instead. It’s really not hard – it’s about making better choices: swap out sugary cereals or pop tarts for a warm bowl of hearty oatmeal and fruit. Take a minute to plan ahead for your lunch and bring some fresh chicken and veggies instead of grabbing a burger and fries.
A Workaholic’s Guide to Cold and Flu Season
Pt 2: Beyond Basics – Supercharged Health Strategies
You’ve sanitized and you’ve washed. You’re de-stressing and sleeping and doing it right. However, if there is suddenly a bug going around the office or in your home and people are calling in sick, many Workaholics want to do more to ensure we stay healthy and productive. Luckily there are some supercharged health strategies you can use to win this cold and flu season!
Workaholic’s Tip #3: Supplemental Nutrients Change the Game
Adding an Immune System focused nutrient plan to your daily routine can dramatically improve your resistance to infections. Clinically, I often recommend Vitamin D and Probiotics as building blocks for a strong immune system. Additionally, Magnesium, B complex vitamins (especially B6 and B12) and Vitamin C are also very important. While these vitamin products are widely available, it can be difficult to pick which product you need and how much you should take from the massive amount of choices you have at the store. Generally, you get what you pay for in these markets, but the supplement industry is quite unregulated and safety/potency vary from brand to brand and bottle to bottle. To determine the perfect supplement plan for you, please consult your favorite provider for more information if you have any questions.
Aside from vitamins, there are also many herbal formulas to support your immune system and boost your resistance to viruses. Some people swear by Garlic. Other people love Elderberry and Echinacea. If you ask 100 people, you will get 100 answers! Myself, I am a huge fan of both Western and Chinese Herbal remedies. There are some herbal products that are very effective when taken before you get sick, and there are other herbal products that work best to support you at the very start of symptoms. It can be confusing to decide which herbs to take when if you don’t have any training, so please consult with your favorite provider if you have any concerns or questions. Additionally, some herbal products, like licorice, can affect blood pressure and other herbal products like those containing St. John’s Wort can interfere with your medications, so please use caution with herbal medicine.
Lastly, research shows Acupuncture can enhance your immune system, making it stronger at fighting off cold and flu viruses, preventing illness. Acupuncture also helps after you’re sick by speeding healing and treating the symptoms. There are wonderful techniques to improve your breathing and benefit cough/phlegm, sore throats, fevers, and body aches. Your Acupuncturist has you covered when it comes to Colds/Flu!
As a courtesy to my fellow West Linn Chamber members, I am offering free 30 min. Supplement and/or Acupuncture consultations! If you would like me to look over your current plan and/or recommend products for you, I am happy to be a resource to connect you to the product you need. Email me at Natalie@OCFamilyAcu.com and mention the West Linn Chamber deal for more information and scheduling!
A Workaholic’s Guide to Cold and Flu Season
Pt 3: How to Recover STAT if You Get Sick
You did the everything you could do, but the virus was too strong and you’re getting signs that you are going down! At first, it can be very difficult to tell if you have a cold or a flu. The typical symptoms for both conditions include:
- sore throat
- runny nose
- body aches
Typically, Flu symptoms are more severe than Cold symptoms, but there is a lot of overlap between them and even providers can have a hard time distinguishing between them without lab testing. The good news is that there are some basic guidelines apply no matter the illness. Up next, let’s discuss how you can reduce the severity and duration of a Cold/Flu, prevent spreading illness to others, and keep yourself safe if you’re starting to get sick.
Workaholic’s Tip #4: Know When You Should Stay Home
- Do You Have a Fever? If you have a fever, you are contagious. If you are contagious you need to stay home. Non-negotiable. If you don’t stay home, you are not only hurting yourself by slowing your recovery, but you are hurting other by spreading germs and passing your illness to others. Worst of all, you are leading by poor example. We have to model good behavior too!
- How Well Can You Carry Out Your Work Duties?Stay home if you’re feeling brain fog. If you are sick, your cognitive function is not at optimal levels. This compromises decision making and leads to mistakes and errors. Staying home will help you recover faster and save you time repeating and correcting the work you did when you weren’t feeling well.
- Are you Super Tired? Fatigue is a red flag with illness. Symptoms will only get worse over the next couple days if you don’t stop and rest. A simple cough can turn into Pneumonia if we don’t take care of ourselves and listen to our bodies. Fatigue is your body’s way of telling you that you need to rest so you can fight this infection. Nothing is more powerful at promoting healing than sleep and rest, so take care of yourself and stay home.
- Are you taking medications that could impair your ability to think, work, operate machinery, or drive? If you are so ill that you are taking a controlled substance for pain/discomfort, you need to stay home. You also should NOT be driving as it could be very dangerous. Always consult with your Pharmacist and Providers for information about all your prescriptions.
Workaholic’s Tip #5: Practice Good Cough and Sneeze Etiquette
- Always cough and sneeze into a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose, and immediately throw used tissues in the garbage.
- Always wash your hands after covering your mouth, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Avoid close contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands.
- Move away from people before coughing or sneezing.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and objects such as toys and doorknobs
Workaholic’s Tip #6: Practice Good Home Care
- Rest and Drink plenty of Water.
- Eat Well. Chicken Soup really does help!
- Take medicine if you can’t sleep.
- Many people choose to ride out their symptoms and let the body heal itself, but if your congestion or body aches are making sleep very difficult, take something to safely help you breathe better or be more comfortable so you can sleep.
- Always read the label and use medications as directed. Be careful if you are combining medications as well. Note: not all products work well together and some combinations can have dangerous side effects.
- Talk to your doctor before giving your child nonprescription cold medicines
Workaholic’s Tip #6: Know When to See Your Health Providers
Consult a Medical Professional if:
- symptoms that last more than 10 days
- symptoms that are severe or unusual
- if your child is younger than 3 months of age and has a fever or is lethargic
Call your Doctor STAT if you are High Rist and start to get Cold/Flu Symptoms:
- The following patients are at high risk for serious flu complications.
- Children Younger than 5
- Adults Over 65
- Pregnant Women
- Patients with Serious Medical Conditions including: Asthma, Diabetes, Heart Disease
Following these tips will help any Workaholic Win this Cold/Flu Season! If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like a free 30 min consulation, please send me an email: Natalie@OCFamilyAcu.com and mention the West Linn Chamber.
I wish you good health and prosperity this season!
Natalie Mich LAc
Family Care Acupuncture and Health Center
1300 John Adams St. STE 119
Oregon City, OR 97045
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