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When we're sick, we don't exactly feel like heading out to the store or to the doctor's office. So here are some great tips to soothe your flu ridden body at home.

It’s that time of year again, isn’t it? It’s cold in every which area of life and it’s the perfect breeding ground for loads of awful, horrible germs and you just know it is coming. The flu season, for all we try and avoid it, is going to get you whether you like it or not. I’m sorry, but it’s true.

The number of times that we swear down on our lives that this year, we’re going to avoid getting the flu or a nasty cold would probably lean into the tens and hundreds, but sometimes it’s just something we really can not avoid. Germs are more stealth than we could ever hope to be in our defense of them, so it’s really best if we find out what is causing them, where the particularly susceptible places are and how are can go about minimizing the effects of the dreaded winter bug. There are some pretty great ways to do this, but first of all, you’ve got to understand: what is causing me to get ill every winter?! Even more so, what is causing me to get ill multiples times, and how do we stop it briefly ruining our lives!

Depending on where you work, you could be more or less vulnerable to getting the flu virus than other people. If you’re in an office, for example, with enclosed spaces and overly circulated air and lots of common rooms and meeting spaces for other people to pass on their germs to you. When the germs have this space to spread and grow, you’re a sitting duck to a grimy virus. Door handles and door knobs are other places for you to pass on germs, but what can you do?

In working environments, it’s always worth making sure you wash your hands, mugs and anything else possibly communal after you’ve used them. A thorough wash of these things can stop the spread of germs at the source and give everyone else a fighting chance of staying flu free.

Sometimes, though, there is nothing you can do. You’re going to pick up a bug and it’s going to make your life a misery for a week and a bit, maybe even longer. When this happens, you need to make sure you’re getting yourself fully fit and ready to get back to the life you left behind before your flu episode.

If you’re really, truly ill then you need to make sure you’re not going to work. People often spend longer than they want being unwell being they aren’t ready to take a few days out of their schedule to recuperate and rest up. You need to rest, you need to find some great remedies and you need to be ready to be a little bored in the process. But don’t worry, it’s all for the greater good. If you follow a few of these hints and tips of how to get better, you stand an excellent chance of fighting fit soon, and stronger than before.

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