Kathy Kelley's Blog
Pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers may air television, radio and internet commercials that encourage you to stock up on cold medicine simply because temperatures are dropping. But, you and your family don’t have to get sick at home, school or work just because it’s cold outside. Rather than giving into old beliefs and pricey ads, turn your home into a healthy zone this year.
Cold temperatures don’t have create nagging colds and fevers
The first step toward turning your home into a good health zone begins with a decision. Simply decide that you are going to develop zero or fewer colds. Other steps toward creating a healthy home include:
- Washing your hands after using the bathroom and before handling food and teaching your children to do the same
- Cleaning and rinsing vegetables, fruit and meat (if you are a meat eater) before you eat them raw or prepare them as cooked dishes
- Wiping counters and tabletops after you finish cooking or dining
- Cooking and cutting with clean utensils
- Vacuuming pet hairs and regularly cleaning coverings that pets sleep and play on
- Training pets to stay off counters, tables and furniture
- Letting everyone in your family participate in weekly house cleanings – you can miss a lot if you try to clean an entire house alone. Cleaning an entire house alone can also cause you to feel frustrated and overwhelmed.
- Taking rugs outside and shaking them free of lint and other debris at least once a week
What you do in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom matters
Those are just a few steps that you could take to make your house healthier. Additional ways to create a more healthy home are also easy to implement. For example, you could:
- Sleep on a supportive mattress. Get a good night of sleep. This includes getting sufficient deep sleep. Consider using a fitness watch to track how much deep sleep you’re getting each night.
- Stock your kitchen with healthy foods that are loaded with natural vitamins and minerals.
- Eat a healthy diet. Drink plenty of fresh water and eat raw vegetables and fruit daily if you’re system allows.
- Place dumbbells, a jump rope and exercise mattress in your house. The basement and first floor of your home are good places to jump rope, lift weights, do yoga exercises and cardio. You can also climb the steps at your house, dance for exercise and jog in place.
- Grow green plants in your home. Green plants help to keep oxygen healthy and balanced.
- Create a meditation room at your house. Pick a quiet space as your meditation room, a space that’s further away from outdoor and indoor traffic. Meditate three to four times a week or every day, in your meditation room.
- Hold family discussions and encourage openness and verbal, emotional, psychological and physical safety at home. Share and talk about topics, events and items that are concerning one or more members of your family. Do this in a loving and supportive manner.
By stocking your home with an assortment of liquid and pill form cold medicines each winter, you could be sending a subconscious message that you have to get sick because it’s cold outside. You could also, unintentionally, send that same message to your children. If you’ve given into pharmaceutical and manufacturing ads that encourage cold medicine buying in the past, consider bucking that trend starting this year. Two to three years into this mind shift, you just might find that you and your family catch fewer colds.