Well, the holiday season is coming to a close but cold and flu season will still be around for a while. Did you know that sometimes it can last until May?! I always try to guard my family and myself against germs, but especially so when I’m pregnant. This will be my second flu season baby and there are definitely steps (you might call them mom hacks) that I take to try and keep myself as healthy as possible and make my life a little less hectic so I can be sure to be around to take care of my family.
Let’s face it, moms don’t get a sick day. This became even more apparent recently as I found Christmas approaching and I had to be able to care for sick family members while finishing last minute holiday preparations and recovering from a cold myself. So how does a sick and pregnant mom of four (almost five!) take care of herself so she can take care of others?
embrace online shopping
From finishing up Christmas shopping to stocking up on everyday essentials I would need for holiday guests I found myself fully embracing online shopping in the weeks leading up to Christmas. One of the items I made sure to stock up on was Kleenex tissues because I knew with lingering colds and seasonal allergies that tissues would not be a good thing to run out of! With little ones that are still learning the importance of hand washing, I love that Kleenex kills 99.9% of cold and flu viruses in the tissue. Normally I love shopping at Walmart but during the busy shopping season I much prefer the convenience of their online shopping with free two day shipping!
rest as often as you can
As a mom it can be tough to accept that you really can’t always do it all and sometimes you need to rest. But just because I needed to take a break doesn’t mean that my to-do list had to suffer. If I needed to put my rest for awhile I tried to keep busy with something I could easily do while putting my feet up. I was able to finish Christmas cards, work on blog posts, and get wrapping done while I was “resting”. Some people say that you can’t truly multi-task, but I beg to differ! Taking care of myself while checking items off my to-do list; yes please!
prioritize and simplify
I began my quest for simplifying the season last year and continued it this year as I cut even more things from our hectic schedules. In mid-November My husband and I discussed which seasonal activities were most important for us to attend. Then to stay on top of things I took further steps–like, I created an online spreadsheet to stay organized with hosting responsibilities, I cut down on the holiday baking, and I stocked up on paper goods to make clean up simpler… just to name a few.