Many Kiwis were hit with the flu this past winter, and with springtime playing its usual game of hide-and-seek some of the nasty winter bugs are still lingering around.
It takes time for our body to fully recover from a virus and many of us return to work, school or university before we feel 100%. Here’s our top tips for making a full recovery from the flu:
1. Ease back into exercise
If you exercise regularly, missing a week or two of not getting out and can be frustrating. But take it easy if you’ve been sick and ease back into your regular routine – listen to your body and don’t overdo it.
2. Keep up your fluids
Stay hydrated with plenty of water, herbal teas and lemon and honey drinks, especially if your appetite hasn’t fully recovered.
3. Make time to rest
Prioritise what needs to be done, and what can wait until you’re fully recovered. Sometimes a day of binge-watching your favourite show is well deserved.
4. Get out in the fresh air
Don’t hibernate inside on the couch for too long. When you’re over the worst of your flu, go for an easy walk outside. Take in some sunshine and Vitamin D.
5. Take it easy on the alcohol
Often, it’s the behaviour associated with alcohol, such as late nights and interrupted sleep which can hinder our body getting back into shape earlier once we’ve been sick.
6. Get immunised next winter
While the influenza vaccination doesn’t offer 100% protection from the flu, it dramatically reduces your risk and minimises the risk of developing complications associated with the flu. Get the flu immunisation each year – it’s free for many people.
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