I partnered with Quantum Health on this sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
As a kid and even teenager, I loved heading back to school. I was eager to see my friends again, to get a new backpack and to take part in at least a couple classes like art which I enjoyed. Despite my excitement about going back, most years I would battle nausea the first week or two of school. When I was little I thought I was getting sick, but as I got older I realized it must just be nerves. It was odd though because I primarily felt excited, not nervous! Yet my body was showing this very obvious sign of stress. For kids who actively dislike or worry about going back to school, the transition can be much harder. It’s tough on parents as well!
When your body gets weighed down with stress, it increases your odds of getting a cold sore. Nobody ever looks forward to those. To fight your risk of getting a cold sore, practice these stress-reducing techniques! Plus, they will likely just help you feel better in general.
- Get enough rest. When switching up routines, it can be hard to get to bed on time but you’ll feel better physically and emotionally if you get 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Sleep can also help your immune system be prepared to prevent cold sores from occurring.
- Maintain a healthy diet. When busy, it’s easy to grab for unhealthy meals because they are quick. Be creative and you can find quick, convenient meals that are healthy instead. Eating healthy can help prevent cold and fever, can keep your immune system on point which helps guard against cold sores.
- Supplement your diet. Having all the nutrition you need in your diet is the best. However, the next best option is to take vitamins or supplements to get your body everything it needs. Take a high quality multivitamin, and supplement with Lysine because it can help prevent cold sores while boosting your immune system.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise keeps you stronger and healthier, and it can help reduce stress!
- Avoid sun exposure. UV rays from the sun (even in fall or winter!) can cause unwanted breakouts to begin. When you go outside, put on a hat, and use lip balm with good sun protection such as Lip Clear Lysine + Coldstick which has SPF-21.
- Ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try to ask others to chip in. Could your partner do load of laundry for you? Could one of your kids take out the trash? Make sure you aren’t taking on more than you can handle!
- Take time for yourself. So the kids are at school and you have an hour alone. Consider taking a bath or watching an episode of your favorite TV show instead of more work. Sometimes taking time to yourself is the best thing for the whole family in the long run. Look for shorcuts (like making a simple dinner) so save time that you can use for yourself.
- Avoid over scheduling. While school and work can’t be pushed off, could you stay home this weekend instead of going to an event? Even when events sound fun, they can add on more stress than simply staying home. Maybe take a lazy weekend to let everyone recharge!
- Avoid screen time before bed. You’ll get a more restful sleep if your mind has had a break from electronics before you drift off.
- Spend time in nature. Take a walk, pick some flowers, or just wander to see if you can spot any wildlife or bugs. Reconnecting with nature can be a great way to refresh your mind.
Do you find yourself feeling more stressed during early fall for the back to school season? I’d love to hear your tips and advice for reducing stress during the transition.
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