Is it a cold, the flu or am I dying?
Paperwork in order …..check
plane tickets and housing sorted…..check
packing and shipping done…..check
When moving to another location, much less another country there are loads of boxes to check and things to do. From making sure your travel and immigration paperwork is in order to organizing actually reaching your location to name a few.
However, something that I forgot to think about and I have seen many people forget to consider is their health.
When moving to a new environment with different pathogens, germs, bacteria, pollen, plants, etc,can wreck havoc on your immune system.
For some people, changing environments helps their chronic sicknesses, for us, the new environment is really “testing” our immune system.
Examples of sickness when moving to a new environment
- Allergies (Hay fever, etc)
- indigestion – due to different foods your body needs to get use to.
- diarrhea – due to different foods and maybe the water
And if you have kids in school, forget-about-it, you may have all of the above at the same time.
So, if you are changing your environment whether it’s 150 miles away or 2500 miles away, along with preparing for all you need to move successfully, you need to protect and strengthen your immune system.
This will not prevent all sickness but it will help you avoid some and get you back on your feet faster.
First, I had to recognize when I was getting sick. Half of the time, I didn’t realize I was getting sick and thought it was allergies. I am prone to allergies so I just brushed it off as nothing out of the normal. Suddenly, I am in bed with a bad cough, headache and a serious debilitating cold. By the time I realize I am sick, I’m a day and a half in. Then, I am scrambling to figure out what to do.
Recognize When You Are Getting Sick
First, you have to recognize when a sickness is coming. If you are prone to allergies or find yourself with allergies, take medicine to combat your allergies. There are different allergy medicines around. Find the one that reacts best with you. I am from America so I know that Claratin and Alegra works best for me. Here in Spain, they do not have the same brands, but they have different brand medicines with the same active ingredients as Claratin and Alegra. Buy them and take them religiously. That way if you are getting sick, you’ll realize it because your allergy is under control.
Be Pro-Active Instead of Re-Active
Start before you have an issue. Strengthen your immune system with vitamins, and supplements. There are many vitamins and supplements that claim to do wonders for your immune system. Try them out and see what works for you. From Airborne, to bee pollen to B vitamins, D vitamins, echinacea, to teas and herbs. Try them, take them and see how it works for your system.
Eat Well and Exercise
Eat a balanced diet and exercise. All the experts say this, but this really bores me. I added it because it’s only right.
But my opinion is….blah blah blah yada yada yada.
Eat healthy food and exercise.
Get A Lot of Rest
This is very important. You have to take care of yourself. The stress of moving is very high, which lowers your immune system. So, rest, sleep and take it easy.
Personally, here is what I am taking.
Antihistamine – Cetirizina or loratadine
Berocca for energy, B vitamins
Plus a multi vitamin. I’ll see how they work over the next few months to see if I need to change things up.
What do you use to stay healthy during a move or with kids going to school?