The following is a guest blog provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Do you feel energized by autumn weather, when the wind is crisp and gentle on your face in the morning? Wouldn’t you just love to play outside with your kids, or hear leaves crunch underfoot on a brisk walk?
But imagine this scenario. Suddenly you feel kind of weak. “Are you feeling okay?” someone asks. “You look flushed.” Now that you think about it, your body is aching. Blinking against the uncomfortable feeling around your eyes, you have to wonder if you’d have the energy to go outside.
Holidays are around the corner. It’s a time for tailgate parties, or to go see family and friends and eat warm, hearty food. But your head is pounding and you can’t decide whether it’s too hot or too cold. It’s getting hard to keep up a conversation or even sit at the dinner table. Who would want to travel when you’re feeling this rotten?
Maybe this is the time of year that you try to pick up a few more shifts at work to buy presents for your loved ones. But can you work hard when your throat is raw and you have to step away every few minutes to take care of a coughing fit? Your coworkers seem to stand farther away from you when you talk hoarsely with them. (And aren’t those used, crumpled tissues for your runny nose so appealing to your customers?)
This is the season for special times with friends and family, and enjoying the beautiful Colorado sunshine. Why miss out on seasonal opportunities when you can get your flu shot, stay well and practice healthy daily living?
And in the meantime, wash your hands.