Did you know that the longer you are on an airplane the higher your risk of getting sick becomes? That’s what my doctor told me when I asked her why I’ve been sick so much this season. She said if your flight is longer than two hours, you have a much higher chance of getting sick.
That’s not the news I wanted to hear since I’ve been on four trips in the last five weeks! But my health actually proves her point because I’ve gotten sick three out of four of those trips despite all my strategies to avoid germs, including wiping down everything I touch with my favorite lemon scented disinfectant wipes.
I feel like my immune system is shot. I don’t have any energy, I drag through my days and my brain just won’t work at full capacity. I hate it! And once your immune system is compromised it’s even easier to get sick again. That’s the way this season has gone for me. I no sooner start to feel better than another bug grabs me and I get sick all over again.
It all got me thinking about my immune system and what I can do to give it a boost. I know my crazy schedule doesn’t help my body stay well. So here are some things I’m going to work on to try to get healthy and stay that way:
I keep changing time zones which means my sleep schedule keeps getting shifted around. On top of that, I fill my days too full so there just aren’t enough hours left to get a good night’s sleep. My doctor agrees. She even threatened to write a prescription for me to stop traveling and get more rest! So I’m going to start trying to give my body the sleep it needs.
I have to admit I thrive on stress. I love my crazy schedule that includes things like my recent TEDx Talk. TED is a non-profit that defines itself as “devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading” and brings together the world’s brightest and most innovative leaders, thinkers and doers across the globe.
But as much as I love doing things like my TED Talk, or my recent satellite interview series, they really are stressful!