Here comes fall! And with it a myriad of troubles and joys from the change in weather. Cooler weather is welcome after the blistering heat of summer, and though we grumble about the days becoming shorter we see the comforts of winter on the horizon: quiet, comfortable evenings by the fire, maybe a snow day or two, and the happy time of holidays.
Yet the change in weather invariably brings about one of the most bothersome aspects of life: colds and flues. Illness is rampant, unavoidable, and often exacerbated by a heightened time of work and school. Sleep and good health – always an important ingredient to our daily lives – become even more of a necessity as we battle once more getting acclimated to the change in season.
There are many ways to battle the sniffles, runny nose, exhaustion, coughing, and ache: the best and most simple answer would be to get lots of rest. Sometimes battling illness and getting healthy is more important than the deadline at work or the assignment at school; it’s too easy to run oneself into the ground and stay sick for a lot longer than necessary. The sad thing is that this suggestion is quite often answered with jesting disdain. ‘Rest? I can sleep when I’m dead!’ In the meantime we float about our daily lives as best we can while running on medication that simply masks our symptoms or operating through sheer will-power: making our bodies cry out for mercy.
Another habit that we often acquire that’s to our detriment while battling the onslaught of germs and viruses is eating what we want – not necessarily what’s good for us. Some of us turn to ‘comfort food’ to ease our stress when we’re not feeling well. The problem is that the average comfort food does nothing for your health, unless maybe you turn to chicken soup. Force yourself to eat healthier than you may wish to while you’re sick, and all times! You’ll be doing yourself and everyone a favor by healing as fast as possible.
Stick with the basics and (most importantly) continue with regular adjustments. Though the headache, sinus pressure, and general ‘yucky’ feelings make us not want to leave the house venture out to your chiropractor: getting an adjustment will certainly help alleviate some discomfort and will help you on a quicker path to healing.
One of the best things to do would be to work at being healthier all-around in order to prevent from getting too sick too often during cold season (and any time). Regular rest, spinal adjustments, and good nutrition all sum up to better resistance and a healthier life.
Stay warm and rested so you can enjoy the finer things of the change in seasons: the scenery, the holidays, friends, and family. Happy Autumn!