Let's face it...we really can't predict the future and make sure we NEVER get sick--or I would have done that ages ago because getting sick is NEVER EVER convenient! However, there are a few things that you can do to try to ward off a bug or two while you are getting ready to move:
1. Keep a Routine as Much as You Can - When you are moving, generally everything is all out of whack. You are up late packing, up early cleaning, busy trying to tie up loose ends at work, school or whatever. Routine seems to get pitched out the window! We feel such pressure to "get it all done now" that we have no regard for what our bodies are used to. Think about how you live NORMALLY. When you usually go to bed or wake up, how well you normally sleep, your eating schedule, what you usually eat and how much exercise you are used to. Then, try to stick to as much as that schedule as you can. Some things in your regular routine will change, but, try to keep other things as normal as possible if you can. This will help keep you healthy and your children especially. Normal routines help us mentally as well. It makes everything feel "normal" so there will be less stress to attack our immune systems too.
2. Get Plenty of Rest - You may laugh at this concept because how are you supposed to rest when there is so much to do? All the worries of the move may hit when it's bedtime and getting to bed on time might not happen either. But you need to make rest a priority. Breaks here and there are good for your energy level and help keep your mind sharp so you can remember everything you need to do. Our bodies heal when we rest, so it keeps our immune system running well too. If you had to miss out on getting something done by going to bed, that is much better than missing out a day or two (or more) because you are sick.
3. Eat Healthy and Right - This one may surprise you. When I say "eat healthy" I don't mean to eat kale and carrots and tofu all of a sudden. I mean try to eat a balanced, simple diet and don't change up everything you normally eat during this time if possible. Our bodies get used to the way we eat. When you are under the stress of a move, changing how and when and what we eat will cause our bodies to react differently. Even if you change it all for good (like give up sugar)--it can affect you in ways you aren't used to and in turn, if you don't get sick you may feel like you are! Wait until you are settled in to your new place to make changes in your diet and maybe only one moving celebration instead of 3!
4. Keep Hydrated - This is the answer for everything these days, don't you think? We hear "Drink Plenty of Water" all the time for everything! But, it's one easy way to help keep most things on track in our bodies. It helps keep our tummies working properly (you know what I mean). Being hydrated with enough water helps keep our mental focus. Stopping to take a drink of water gives us a bit of a break. We just feel better. So keep those beverages handy!
5. Wash Your Hands - This one is super important. Our hands are the number one way we pass germs. We touch everything--and so does everyone else! Washing our hands well keeps most of the germs at bay. If you have kids, keep them washing and sanitizing as much as possible during this time. When I was babysitting my grandchildren full time, when they came home from school it was time to wash hands before anything. I wish I had pushed this more when my kids were young, but, hey we all seem to learn the hard way at times! Hand washing really does help.
6. If Sickness Comes, Stop - Last but not least, even if you try your best for you or your family to not get ill, stuff sometimes happens beyond your control. If or when it does, stop and take a break. REST. Take care of yourself or your family. People are more important than anything you may need to pack or clean and nursing yourself or someone you love back to health is more important. Take time to really recover so you can be your best self during the rest of your move!
Jen Lush - Real Estate Assistant and Realtor Mother