School Stress and the Common Cold

JMJ92  *I remember my own university days, when it seemed I was sick much more often than now, especially when finals hit.  Finals, then the flu, time after time. Looking back, I realize my health habits were rather lacking. Meals were often of the vending variety, and late nights accompanied by early mornings were commonplace.

Ring the School Bell 92/180 days

All this excitement of recent music auditions has worn down poor Sabrina, and today she had a miserable cold.  The happy meter goes way down for all of us, when someone is sick in the house.  Betty, our neighbor across the street, cheered us up by baking a 1-serving coffee-mug cake and bringing it over for us to enjoy.  In turn, Melissa experimented with a lemon version in our own kitchen, and then walked over to share it with Betty.

Of course, this didn’t cheer up Sabrina too much, who still had her cold to endure, and could not partake in sharing the cake.

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Sabrina tends to get sick more often than the others, these days.  I believe it is the stress of this senior year in high school, with all of the auditions, community college academics, university applications and such.

I remember my own university days, when it seemed I was sick much more often than now, especially when finals hit.  Finals, then the flu, time after time. Looking back, I realize my health habits were rather lacking. Meals were often of the vending variety, and late nights accompanied by early mornings were commonplace.

I found an interesting article, published by the New York Times, (science section of the NY Times: A Cold Fact: Stress can make you sick by Jane E. Brody, May 12, 1998), that suggested a link between stress which lasts more than a month, and catching a cold.  I think this is rather intuitive knowledge, but it is nice to see it validated through a study.

There are simple, common sense ways to build immunity against the common cold and flu.  As obvious as they are, I get stuck in a rut and fall into old habits quickly, or simply do not do what I know is a healthy choice many times.  Here are some reminders to hopefully ward off those nasty “bugs”.

  • Get that sleep.  7-8 hours for you, and more for your kids.  If I can get 8 hours, I feel great.  Unfortunately, I usually get a little less than that because my brain loves to contemplate things once I get into bed.  My husband is out within 10 minutes, the lucky guy.
  • Try to keep your stress levels in check by mixing calming activities with your to-do list.  For example, take 10 minutes to read the comics in the morning, or call a friend for a nice afternoon break.  Encourage your kids to do the same, or better yet, take breaks with them.
  • Get the sugar foods and processed foods out of the house.  These will mess with your health in the short-term and long-term.  Whole foods will give you more energy and vitality.  When I do have treats, I try to minimize what I do consume (my weakness are homemade chocolate chip cookies and other baked goods!), by sharing with friends, and sending them off to John’s office.
  • Don’t skip meals, even when you are busy.  Take that extra 10 minutes to fry up an egg in the morning, and put it on a piece of toast.  Yummy, and good for you.
  • Exercise.  A walk a day goes a long way in preventing illness.
  • If you or your kids get sick, put a hold on the regular routine.  Don’t go out.  Not only will you recover more quickly, but you may very well spare someone else from catching the illness.

Our backyard is looking quite sharp, I must say, as the makeover is about finished.  It is time to put in the irrigation, as the plants are 90% planted and the bark is spread out on the lovely mounds.

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Before planting
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After planting- Rainfall filled up our dry creek bed!
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Toy ducky in our wet “dry” creek bed

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”

Start here to get the story from the very beginning:

https://onceuponaschoolhouse.wordpress.com/?s=what+comes+to+mind

Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year.  Hope you will join us!

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Great read.My son is a senior this year college has been accepted/housing in the works but so far no sickness may be a boy thing.

    1. Annette Marie says:

      What an exciting time for you both. He must have a good immunity. Good job:)

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