3 Signs of the Flu and What to do About it

So you woke up this morning and something in you just did not feel right. It can be frustrating to have a nice long streak of good health and then wake up one day not feeling so well. In fact, the healthiest of us can even get sick even when we choose the right habits.

We choose to eat right, to sleep right, the exercise properly, and to stay away from germs and always wash our hands. Even with those principles in place, it can still be possible to catch a case of the flu. If you are coming down with some symptoms and do not know what to do about it, here are a few signs that you have the flu and here is what to do about it.

1. You have the chills and feel very cold

This can be a great indicator of coming down with a flu. In fact, sometimes getting the chills can be very uncomfortable and make us want to curl up in a ball of six or seven of our heaviest down comforters. When you have the chills, the first inclination may be to bundle up as much as possible. While this may feel the best, it is not always the best to break the fever. Do not bundle up too much as your temperature may rise. Instead, stay cooler with less articles of clothing to try to get the temperature to stay at an even pace. Also, keep track of your temperature with a nice thermometer. Dual-mode thermometers are perfect for a household of varying ages and can keep you on the right pace to break the fever.

2. You have an achy body

When the flu is present, along with the chills, the aches and pain can be prevalent in the body as well. In fact, the aches from the flu may make you want to just lie down and wait for them to pass. While it is inevitable that sleeping more will help the symptoms to pass, you will also want to get a bit of moderate to light exercise. A nice short and brisk walk will help the body to circulate nutrients and may promote healing. Just be careful not to overdo it with exercise as too much of a good thing may lead to a longer time in bed with even worse aches and pains.

3. You have a sore throat

If your throat is sore and you are coughing non-step, you may have the signs of a fever coming up. It may be tempting to live off of cough drops and just stay in bed. But the reality is that many cough drops contain added sugars: and added sugars are NOT going to help your immune system get through this time. Instead, drink lots and lots of water. Do not drink sodas as they also contain sugar; but drink plenty of water to make sure your body gets the fluids to both stave off dehydration (can be worse from diarrhea) and also help your throat clear up over time to make it less sore and make the coughs go away.


Hopefully this article can show you some signs that you may be coming down with the flu. Even better, hopefully it can help you out when you don’t know what to do about making it go away. Unfortunately, nothing will strictly cure the flu; however, you can help to heal it by practicing the above smart techniques to make it go away quicker.

If you have some additional tips to make the flu go away as well as symptoms to add and advice to give, leave your comments below and the conversation will begin.

Tips to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

It is a relatively dreaded occurrence during certain times of the year; it is inevitable that at certain times, you will be exposed to the cold and the flu. Whether it be coworkers or your kids classmates, or simply the general public: you will run into sick people this year.

Although you cannot totally prevent yourself from being exposed the flu, can do certain things to not only prevent it, but also to increase your probability of staying healthy during the worst of strains.

Take these tips to heart during flu season for your best chances at staying healthy this year:

1. Wash your hands all of the time

Note a fan of washing your hands or staying clean in general? Well then, change your habits, because germs are spread like wildfire through various surfaces, food, and through hand to hand contact extremely frequently. Any time you have come in contact with a public place, touched an item in a public area (including handling money), or shaken someone’s hand, it is imperative that you wash your hands to minimize exposure to the flu germs.

2. Get your sleep each and every night

It is seriously important that you hit the snooze more and more each night: your body needs time to repair from mental and physical exhaustion and also to prepare itself for defending against the flu. The longer you sleep, the more your body has time to build up the antibodies and white blood cell counts required to fight the flu and keep you healthy all year this year. Snooze on!

3. Keep track of how you feel

It is extremely important and often overlooked to listen to your body and let it tell you what to do based on how it feels. You should take care to monitor fever related to serious conditions as well as signs of the flu so that you can rest at the onset of any incoming negative feelings. Feeling burned out and susceptible to illness? Get more sleep and rest tonight to make sure your body can fight the flu and carry on with every day life tomorrow morning!

4. Exercise at a regular interval

If you are already a health and fitness nut, you may already be aware of the importance of exercising at a regular interval or frequency. Exercising gets the blood flowing and allows the body to use circulation to deliver nutrients in the bloodstream. Nutrient delivery allows for quicker access for antibodies to tissues and also allows the nutrients you put into your body diet to get everywhere they need to go to keep you healthy and flu-free for the season.


I hope these tips have helped you out in regard to staying healthy and away from the flu this season. If you are in public places like work, school, or airports this year, you will have to take extra care to avoid any germs related to the flu.

Protect yourself and protect your family (by not bringing illness home) by washing your hands, getting the right amount of sleep, tracking how you feel, and by exercising regularly to keep the flu at bay and at the doorstep: your body and your family will thank you for it!

Agree or disagree with some of my tips for avoiding the flu? Comment below and we can discuss right away what the best practices are for keeping you flu-free this year! 🙂