When writing of my London experience, it would be totally remiss of me not to mention what has potentially been the most difficult part about moving abroad: sickness.
Anyone who knows me will see the irony in the title of this post at this point. Why? Because since moving to London, I’ve had the immense pleasure of being sick at least once a month. Nothing life threatening – colds, coughs, sinus infections, conjunctivitis, etc. etc. My immunity has never been the strongest but the frequency of illness since moving has been pretty annoying. Nothing makes you feel lonely like being sick in a new country without your family around you. Aside from that, it turns out it’s a ‘thing’ – new country, new germs. So not only am I often sick, but I’m a bit of a cliché.
Doctors say it will take about a full year to get it all out of my system and with each bug, I’m one step closer to avoiding it the next time around.
So – what do I know about avoiding sickness in London? Apparently not much.
Regardless, I’ve found a few key changes have helped move me in a healthier direction (placebo effect or not) and I only wish I’d been more mindful sooner:
- Avoid contact with anything on public transport – wear gloves, use hand sanitiser and wash your hands at every opportunity.
- Floradix – I now swear by this liquid vitamin formula for keeping me up and energetic.
- Eat your greens – sounds a bit wanky, but focussing on eating my greens and whole foods rich in nutrients, reducing alcohol and added sugar, seems to have had a positive impact.
- Fresh air – As much as I can wax lyrical about The Tube, I’m not convinced the air quality is the best. Hence it’s been more buses and more walking for me.
Let’s be honest though – if this is the worst it gets then it’s really a small price to pay for London life.
Here’s to chicken soup and a healthy week ahead! x