5 Tips To Help You Survive This Cold & Flu Season

Tips to Survive Cold & Flu Season

Below you will find a couple of simple tips I put together to help you survive the cold and flu season this year. And as always, remember that prevention is the way to go!

1. Practice Frequent Hand Washing: Wash your hands multiple times a day with regular soap and lots of water. Washing your hands and your kid’s hands frequently throughout the day is the best way to limit exposure to germs, potential colds and the flu.

2. Eat a Healthy Diet:  Eating a healthy and balanced diet is the key to maintaining your immune system so it’s working and ready to fight off infections. Eat dark leafy greens and lots of Vitamin C filled fruits and vegetables. Healthy eating makes a big difference.

3. Get Enough Sleep Every Night: Lack of sleep is known for decreasing immune function and leaving you susceptible to catching viruses.  If your child sleeps through the night then make sure you go to bed at a reasonable time to get at least 8 hours of sleep. Your body needs the down time to get ready to fight infections.

4. Daily Exercise: Regular exercise helps boost your immune system. Schedule at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. It can be as simple as putting your child in a stroller or carrier and going for a walk together. Fresh air is also fantastic for your health!

5. Get the Flu Shot: Get vaccinated. Did you know you can get your vaccination at your local Shoppers Drug Mart? We already got ours in October, and it took us only 10-15 minutes, with no appointment required.

Remember it is all about eating well, frequent hand washing,  getting enough rest, staying fit and boosting your immune system! Hope you stay healthy this season!

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

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257 responses to “5 Tips To Help You Survive This Cold & Flu Season”

  1. I get flu shots.

  2. I wash my hands often and use hand sanitizer. Drink lots of water and eat well. And stay away from others that show signs of being sick.

  3. We get our annual flu shots each year. We also wash our hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.

  4. I wash my hands often, and try to stay away from sick people

  5. I try and protect myself by washing my hands often and using Purell when I’m out shopping

  6. I wash my hands, try to get enough rest, eat a well balanced diet including fresh fruits and vegetables all year long and make sure I dress for the weather.

  7. I try to eat well and get lots of sleep

  8. I try & protect myself from getting the flu by avoiding sick people, washing my hands & drinking lots of water!

  9. I try to avoid touching anything when I’m out and about and do wash my hands frequently.

  10. Eat healthy , keep the house clean the handles and taps , most touched objects wipes down daily !

  11. I wash my hands like crazy!

  12. I always get my flu shot and continue to take my daily vitamins.

  13. I try to get a good night’s sleep, triple up on Vitamin C and wash my hands frequently. I also get the flu shot!

  14. I get the flu shot, try to stay from anyone unhealthy, and wash my hands often!.

  15. I try to prevent getting the flu by getting a flu shot, eating healthy, washing my hands to prevent spreading germs

  16. There’s a lot of hand washing and sanitizing going on.

  17. I make sure to get the flu shot every year! Thanks!

  18. By washing my hands more and cleaning surfaces like door handles regularly. Drinking plenty of water, eating lots of veggies and getting lost of sleep.

  19. I wash my hands. I try to eat well -lots of fruits and drink plenty of fluids. Some years I remember to get a flu shot (oops not this year). Eating lots and lots of garlic tends to make people back away so you are less likely to catch something (just kidding but it would work well). Vitamins and vitamin C supplements are helpful too.

  20. I do get a flu shot because of underlying health reasons, my doctor recommended me to. I also increase my vitamin C intake naturally in the colder weather.

  21. The flu shot and lots of hand washing

  22. I wash my hands very often and use hand sanitizer. I drink a lot of water and I eat very healthy.

  23. Handwashing is the best defense against the flu!

  24. I get the flu shot and I am very careful to eat a healthy diet.

  25. I make sure the whole family gets the flu shot and I try to enforce frequent handwashing! I also take higher doses of Vitamins C and D for myself.

  26. I get the flu shot, wash my hands often and take vitamins.

  27. I follow the handwashing recommendations and wash as soon as I come in contact with anything.

  28. I take naturals products to boost the immune system

  29. I am a hand/wips sanitizer user, if I am out I do not touch my face with my hands and if someone is coughing or sniffling I steer clear of them. We get flu shots and if we have signs of getting sick we stay home so not to infect others

  30. I wash my hands a lot and try to not be too close to others that are sick.

  31. We wash out hands allot to try and prevent the flu.

  32. I get the flu shot and wash my hands frequently.

  33. Lots of vitamins – daily
    Lots of sleep, fresh fruit & veggies and wash our hands alot!!

  34. Everyone in my family washes their hands 30+ times a day (with soap and water)! We each have separate water bottles and have lots of reusable clothes scattered around the house to sneeze into. So far, we haven’t been that sick this year.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  35. Frequent hand washing is my way.

  36. i keep my hands very clean and also try to never touch my face!

  37. I do get a flu shop and always wipe off the handles of my shopping carts

  38. frequent hand washing and lots of rest

  39. Wash, wash , wash everything! Do quick wipe downs of common areas in the house frequently, for ex door handles and knobs! Encourage and practice freq. hand washing, encourage good diet and rest to stave off the ‘bugs’!! Try to stay away from those coughing or infectious people!! Woot woot HAPPY winter Days!!!

  40. I take extra vitamins during flu season, wash & sanitize hands & use disinfectant wipes on tv remotes/cell phones/computers/door handles, hydrate, sleep 8 hours daily, stay away from sick people! I can’t get the flu shot for medical reasons, so have to take other precautions.

  41. We always get our flu shots, lots of extra handwashing, and we take extra vitamins this time of year.

  42. I always get the flu shot and try to keep my hands away from my face.

  43. I wash my hands frequently and thoroughly and never touch my face, especially my eyes, nose or mouth. I also exercise regularly and try to get outside as much as possible.

  44. we try to protect ourselves from the flu by taking a daily vitamin, drinking lots of liquids, getting in our vitamin C, regular hand washing, rest and fresh air 🙂

  45. I rest a lot. If I am well rested I have the immunity to fight off infections

  46. lots of handwashing and we carry hand sanitizer with us when we are out.

  47. I don’t really do anything different than I normally do? I try to eat healthy and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. I also take a multi-vitamin. I rarely get sick (knock on wood, of course!) but my husband seems to be sick all the time!

  48. Just got our flu shots for the year! Some years we skip but this one looks like a rough year.

  49. I stay away from sick people in order to keep from getting the flu.

  50. Frequent handwashing and trying to remember to keeps hands away from face, especially mouth and nose. When I go to grocery stores I wipe down the cart handles and sides where I might touch. For store without those wipes, I get a bunch of hand sanitizer and rub it all over the cart handle, etc.

  51. I get a flu shot every fall. I try to eat healthy most of the time. I love fruits and vegetables so we try to have two or more veggies at dinner. Enough rest and sleep is important. I think exercise and stretching are very important, especially as we get older. Meditation is important as well to relieve stress. I find reading and hobbies are necessary to one’s well being. Having a caring family and friends helps to make life worth living. Doing things for others and caring for the unfortunate is important for a healthy life as well.

  52. I get the flu shot annually

  53. I wash my hands constantly and use hand sanitizer.

  54. Frequently washing our hands and taking a daily multi vitamin is how we try to prevent the flu

  55. I protect myself by getting the flu shot, washing hand frequently, trying to avoid rubbing face, eyes etc. and staying away from those who are sick as much as possible.

  56. washing hands a lot and cleaning surfaces.

  57. By drinking lots of water, eating healthy, exercising regularly and getting plenty of rest.

  58. We get our annual flu shots each year, eat healthy, wash our hands frequently, try not to touch our faces when we are out in public and we try and get out for a good walk every day. Thank you for the great information and giveaway 🙂

  59. I get my flu shot and make sure I wash my hands often when around others like out shopping

  60. i get the flu shot

  61. I try to protect myself by boosting my immune system by taking a multi-vitamin daily. I also try to practice good hand hygiene and use hand sanitizer frequently when I am out and about.

  62. I had a flu shot and use sanitized on my hands.
    Thanks, for the tips too.Would love to snag this amazing
    swag for my family.

  63. I get the flu shot every fall.

  64. I protect myself by frequent handwashing and using antibacterial spray when out in public. Viruses are really bad this year!

  65. Daily vitamins, drinking water , washing hands and flu shot

  66. I eat lots of fruits and veggies, take a multivitamin, wash my hands a lot, try to get lots of rest.

  67. I’m always washing my hands and getting my kids to do the same.

  68. I eat healthy get plenty of sleep and take extra vitamins !

  69. Lots of hand washing and trying to take immune building products when I feel a cold coming on.

  70. I try and get some exercise every day, I stay hydrated and eat properly, as well as take vitamins and I try to get enough rest.

  71. I take vitamins daily and I have been taking probiotics

  72. We wash our hands a lot and get enough sleep.

  73. I wash my hands tons of times. Take extra vitamin C.

  74. using an anti bacterial on my hands

  75. We wash your hands a lot more & use hand sanitizer. Plus I always use my sleeves to open doors 🙂

  76. I wash hands often and try to get a good night’s sleep. These last 2 years I have also gotten a flu shot

  77. I wash my hands and take vitamins!

  78. i wash my hands and drink lots of water

  79. Eat right. Get plenty of rest. Wash hands frequently. Stay dressed warm.

  80. I take vitamins, wash my hands regularly and drink lots of fluids (water mostly)

  81. Since I can’t get a flu shot, I make sure I wash my hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.

  82. I wash my hands often, get the flu shot and drink lots of water.

  83. dressed for the weather, drinking lots of water and getting the flu shot

  84. I wash my hands religiously and use hand sanitizer just to be safe!

  85. I wash my hands

  86. Getting enough sleep

  87. We are a family who likes to get outside and that’s the best way we know to prevent the flu! Besides staying active, avoiding being in warm, close quarters with people really is a great way to not get sick!

  88. I always carry hand sanitizer with me. Being well rest always helps too.

  89. I wash my hands so much and stay away from people who are sick

  90. I try to wash my hands a lot and eat lots of fruits.

  91. We get annual flu shots, and try to keep medicine around so it we get the flu it won’t be so bad.

  92. wash my hands and bring my own book to read at the doctors

  93. I got the flu shot this year and I keep wipes/hand sanitizer in my bag and am not afraid to use them everywhere!

  94. Washing my hands is my best defense. Also, trying to stay away from crowded places and breath with my nose, not mouth.

  95. Frequent handwashing.

  96. I try to protect myself from the flu by washing my hands thoroughly. I really lather up and use warm water.

  97. I eat lots of fresh foods, use oil of oregano and try to get enough rest.

  98. I make sure to get the proper nutrition my body needs to give it the tools to repel the ‘icky bugs’ and fight them when they manage to try and take up residence!

  99. Wash hands and use hand sanitizer.

  100. Protect myself by washing my hands often and using Purell

  101. I wash my hands regulary and use hand sanitizer; I try to stay away from crowds, if possible.

  102. I try to wash my hands frequently and take vitamin C every day

  103. Hand washing ++++ and no coughing into my hands!

  104. To avoid catching the flu I take extra vitamin c, get as much sunlight as possible, drink lots of water, get as much “good” sleep as I can, add garlic to most of my meals,and most importantly I try to avoid going places where there might be lots of sick people etc
    Thanks for the opportunity! Good luck everyone!

    (and when I say flu, I mean the puking kind – I do not consider fever/chills/soreness/sinus congestion to be the flu)

  105. I find that being regular with the vitamin C really helps prevent contracting the flu. Colloidal silver too is a potent anti-microbial.

  106. I make sure to keep hands washed, drink lots of water and stay away from germy situations (as much as possible with a 3 year old!)

  107. How do you try to protect yourself from catching the flu?

    wash yer hands like crazy

  108. I get my flu shot every year and take vitamins daily besides frequently washing my hands.

  109. Lots of hand washing and minimal hugging.

  110. Hand washing, flu shots annually and stay away from those who are infected.

  111. I take daily vitamins to help prevent the flu

  112. I do most of the tips suggested. Lots of handwashing, drinking water, eating fruits and veggies and lots of rest.

  113. I always wash my hands and remember to take vitamins!

  114. I eat Raw, unpasteurized honey. Use essential oils in diffusers and I do not use antibacterial soaps.

  115. I wash my hands and try to keep them away from my eyes and mouth.

  116. lots of handwashing and cleaning door handles,light switches and faucets

  117. I protect myself by washing my hands often and taking vitamins.

  118. I wash my hands regularly and sanitize commonly touched areas.

  119. I take apple cider vinegar each morning in my bottle of water. I really think it boosts my immune system because while my hubby and baby get sick, I often times I avoid it.

  120. I keep hand sanitizer at my desk at work

  121. I wash my hands and get some vitamin c each day

  122. I get the flu shot and wash my hands alot.

  123. I try to keep my immunity up by getting enough sleep and taking vitamins.

  124. I make sure I wash my hands frequently at work and when I’m out.

  125. I try to take vitamins and try to wash my hands as often as possible.

  126. I wash my hands as much as possible to avoid the flu!

  127. Plenty of rest and fluids!

  128. I get the flu shot, wash my hand often and try to avoid sick peple.

  129. I wash my hands often, I carry a anti-bacterial wash in my purse and I get plenty of Vitamin C

  130. I have the flu shot every fall and this year I also had the pneumonia shot.

  131. I am always washing handles and light switches. We also sanitize every time we come in the house.

  132. I was my hands and load up on Lysol disinfectant for the doorknobs and taps and also vitamins

  133. I wash my hands every chance I get and also carry around hand sanitizer.

  134. I drink a glass of Emergen-C if I even feel the slightest cold coming on. I also take daily multivitamins.

  135. I take vitamin C regularly and wash my hands like crazy during flu season

  136. We always get the flu shot and wash our hands frequently.

  137. number one is getting the flu shot for the whole family, even grandparents. then followed closely by frequent hand washing.

  138. Always wash my hands! Flu shot yearly!

  139. I get my flu shot and wash my hands

  140. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, eat garlic, and take zinc and vitamin C.

  141. I frequently wash my hands and also make sure I’m getting a lot of vitamin C.

  142. We try to eat well, in the hopes of keeping the bugs from catching up with our immune systems!

  143. I wash my hands all the time.

  144. Opti Silver Solution!! Also washing hands and eating healthy, food is medicine 🙂

  145. seriously i dont go anywhere to get anything so that is how i avoid not getting sick

  146. I get the flu shot every year.

  147. I take vitamin C and wash my hands a little more often. Shower and use vicks that I need or not.

  148. I take vitamins, wash my hands often and drink plenty of water.

  149. I get the flu shot every day & do not go out when I’m not feeling well.

  150. I wash my hands often

  151. I get the flu shot, wash my hands often, take vitamins, drink lots of water, dress warm, and eat well. I rarely get sick.

  152. I make sure to keep my hands clean, and try to wear a jacket when going out.

  153. I try to avoid flu by washing my hands a lot and keeping my immunity up by feeding my body good food.

  154. Every year my husband and I get our flu shots to help decrease the chance of catching it.

  155. wash my hands alot

  156. I get my flu shots and wash my hands!

  157. I try to stay home more so I am not out where sick people are. I use my elbow to guide me when on stairs or escalators so I will not get the germs on my hand and unknowingly touch my face or mouth.

  158. constant hand washing

  159. frequent and thorough proper hand-washing is so easy to do and it works. thanks

  160. eating well

  161. Getting plenty of rest

  162. Every day all year round I take a multi-vitamin, a vitamin D, and the one I believe in most….cod liver oil. I very rarely even catch a cold. I can’t remember the last time I had the flu.

  163. I try to get more sleep, which really does make a difference.

  164. I make sure I’m eating healthy and getting enough sleep.

  165. I get a flu shot every year.

  166. I take my distance from people showing flu symptoms ahah

  167. WE Are avid hand washers and I think that helps. Also, we try not to touch door knobs…

  168. I allways wash my hands when coming home from grocery shopping

  169. Flu shot, hand washing, healthy diet, rest, exercise, avoiding sickies.

  170. I always get a flu shot and eat lots of citrus fruits.

  171. I wash my hands, put every stray dish/cup in the dishwasher, and Vitamin C

  172. wash hands often and antioxidant rich foods

  173. I wash my hands often and wear gloves on public transit.

  174. we wash our hands often

  175. I wash my hands a lot

  176. I wash my hands, take my vitamins, get enough sleep, drink lots of water and I’m trying to get more fresh air and exercise too.

  177. We get flu shots and lots and lots of handwashing. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  178. I teach my students proper hand washing.

  179. I am always cleaning and disinfecting surfaces we all use in the home. I make sure my hands are clean before eating.

  180. i’m having naps as often as possible

  181. Apparently I am a failure at protecting myself from the flu as I am experiencing flu-like symptoms right now. However, I will have another cup of herbal tea with honey, take another Nyquil and go back to bed and hope to sleep it off over the next few days.

  182. I wash my hands frequently, use hand sanatizer and drink lots of water to protect myself from the flu

  183. I protect myself from the flu by getting my annual flu shot, washing hands and taking my vitamins.

  184. We wash our hands whenever coming in the house from being out and keep trying to eat well.

  185. We all get the flu shot and I am a big believer in hand washing.

  186. I wash my hands with soap and water several times a day!

  187. Eating well, trying to get to bed on time & washing hands.

  188. I wash my hands frequently and try to eat well. If I feel sickness coming on I’ll load up on Vitamin C and echinacea. Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  189. I try to make sure I get enough sleep, wash my hands often and eat healthy.

  190. I try to get lots of sleep!

  191. I stay hydrated. take vitamins and try to get enough sleep.

  192. I wash and cut up fresh lemons and freeze them. They say frozen lemons fight cancer? I will take out about 2 lemons put in a bowl of boiled water let cool then puree them put threw a sieve and add the rest of the water and a batch of honey. I keep a jug of this in the fridge and drink daily. It is like lemon aid but with a sharp taste because you have the oils from the skin. It also cleans your liver.

  193. I drink plenty of orange juice,take multivitamins and wash my hands frequently!

  194. I try to protect myself from getting the flu by washing my hands with soap and water after being around the public.

  195. Washing my hands and keeping a hand sanitizer in my purse when on the road.

  196. I get flu shots and wash my hands all the time.

  197. flu shots and hand washing

  198. I try to wash my hands frequently – with just regular soap, you don’t need antibacterial or anything. I try not to touch my face or eyes or nose when people are sick (we all do it like a million times a day!)

  199. I wash my hands frequently, exercise regularly, eat well and try to get enough sleep ????

  200. Washing hands, stay home away from others, drink fluids and eat good food, sleep as needed. Spoil yourself and be kind too.

  201. We drink elderberry tea and get lots of rest!

  202. Lots of hand washing and sanitizing. Also drinking lots of water.

  203. Flu shot and lots of rest!

  204. I wash my hands often, and avoid touching a lot of items when out (especially at doctor’s office). I take vitamins and probiotics daily and try to get enough sleep.

  205. I washed my hands often especially if I have been in public.

  206. I get a flu shot.

  207. I practice all the things they tell you to, like washing your hands, eating healthy, sleeping enough… But the one thing I do every year is get the flu shot.

  208. I try to keep my immune systèm strong by drinking orange juice and taking vitamines.

  209. Drink more warm water

  210. To stay healthy during flu season I get a Flu Shot, use Lysol wipes, clean hands, and stay hydrated.

  211. To stay healthy, we take vitamin C and D all winter long and eat healthy food, including lots of fresh veggies.

  212. I take lots of cold-fx when I feel like like I am coming down with something.

  213. I wash my hands frequently.

  214. I use hand sanitizer often

  215. i always wash my hands and take vitamins.
    excited for the giveaway!!

  216. Washing hands regularly.

  217. I frequently wash my hands and try to get lost of rest

  218. Wash hands often and stay away from big crowds.

  219. I always get my flu shot

  220. We wash our hands frequently and try not to touch our eyes or nose, etc.

  221. I wash my hands a lot in winter but i also got the flu shot this year.

  222. I use tonns of hand sanitizer

  223. In our house we prevent ourselves from catching the flu by being sure to get plenty of sleep, eating well, and getting the flu shot! Thank you very much for the chance! 🙂

  224. Drink lots of water and wash hands very often.

  225. I make sure to wash my hands frequently and thoroghly, and I take my antioxidants and vitamins.

  226. I get lots of rest and wash my hands at least 5 times a day.

  227. We wash our hands religiously at home and use hand sanitizer on the go.

  228. Proper Hygiene and Supplements

  229. I wash my hands frequently and take Emergen-C at the first sign of feeling unwell.

  230. I wash my hands often and use hand sanitizer. Drink lots of water

  231. I wash my hands frequently and also I get a flu shot every year.

  232. I try to stay away from sick people! lol
    I wash my hands. a lot!

  233. always washing my hands 🙂

  234. Keeping my hands clean.

  235. I get the flu shot every year

  236. I wash my hands often, eat a healthy diet, and get a flu shot to try to protect myself from catching the flu.

  237. Washing my hands and using hand sanitizer.

  238. I make sure to wash my hands often and take vitamins

  239. Lots of sleep and vitamin C

  240. We keep hydrated and active!

  241. I wash my hands regularly and moisturize! Germs stick more to dry skin!

  242. Washing hands is probably on of the best ways to remain healthy during flu season!

  243. Eating lots of fruit & veggies and getting a good nights sleep.

  244. I get a flu shot and wash my hands. I drink a lot of water and hope for the best.

  245. I try to protect myself by doing these things on a daily basis:
    Clean my space….vacuum daily. Clean carpets….don’t let it go too long.
    Wash all my dishes (and use paper plates and cups when possible) by HAND.
    I heat the rinse water to near boiling……….
    Careful about what I am touching and make sure I wash my hands.
    Don’t touch alot of cloth items. I do laundry more frequently.
    I go out for a cup of coffee; but I don’t sit down inside where I know (can see) people hanging around at the tables. I get coffee to go……..on purpose.I drink alot of water……take vitamins.

  246. always wash hands a lot

  247. I wash my hands often and use sanitizer a lot!

  248. I get a flu shot every year!!

  249. I get alot of vitamin C !

  250. Wash my hands often, eat and drink well with enough sleep.

  251. We wash our hands frequently and try to eat healthy, drink plenty of fluids and take our vitamins

  252. Wash My toddler and myself hands and drink plenty of OJ and try to eat healthy.

  253. I wash my hands and drink lots of water.

  254. Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face.

  255. Through proper hygiene, well balanced meals, exercise, and avoid being near sick people.

  256. I usually get the flu shot, wash my hands a lot and avoid people who are already sick.

  257. Constantly washing my hands and cleaning

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