Five Steps To Beating Your Cold
So, you woke up with a bit of a sore throat, body aches, and abnormal sinus pressure. Now, you know you’re starting to get sick because these are always the first warning signs. At this busy time of the year, when the temperatures drop and stress levels are high, it’s hard to avoid getting sick, and it usually seems to hit everyone at the same time. Everyone including yourself are walking around with the sniffles and tired eyes, so what do you do?
Following these five steps can help you feel less damaged by the recent downfall of your immune system, and help you get back to feeling healthy and energized in no time.
- Stay Hydrated
It’s very important that you are drinking lots of fluids during this time. You’re probably told repetitively that you need to drink a lot of water, but it’s so important that it never hurts to reiterate that fact. Drinking lots of water throughout the day is not only beneficial your overall well-being, but it specifically can help to keep your sinuses moist, which will help you through your cold. It’s also important to avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, as these are main causes of dehydration.
- Pick the Perfect Herbal Tea
Obviously drinking tea can fit into the first category of staying hydrated, but certain teas are more than just healthy liquids and very beneficial in terms of healing for common colds. Since ginger is known to help break down inflammation and clear congestion, drinking 2-3 cups of ginger tea daily may do wonders for your immune system. peppermint tea is another kind that is specifically known to help break down congestion, while having a calming effect. This tea is especially helpful for symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and congested sinuses.
- Take a Steam with Eucalyptus Oil
Hot water vapor will moisten up your sinuses, so a hot, steamy shower will loosen up mucus that is stuck in your nose. Don’t just take a normal shower or bath, though. Add a few drops of Eucalyptus Oil to your steam session for a powerful decongestant effect and boost to your immune system.
- Eat Healthy and Light
Eating processed foods full of salt and sugar aren’t going to do your body any justice when you’re feeling well, so that certainly won’t help when you’re feeling sick, and it can even make things worse. Pay attention to what you’re putting in your body because you really need the right nutrients to aid your body back to healthy right now. Make sure to have plenty of fruits and vegetables. Also, try to eat lightly, such as having soups and salads, because the more energy your body uses to digest food, the less it has to put towards strengthening your immune system and fighting the cold. Warm chicken soup with broth and veggies is perfect.
- Get Plenty of Rest
Most of us totally would not complain about having an excuse to lay around all day in our Pajamas and watch a good movie. But, we have busy lives to live and daily tasks to take care of. It is absolutely crucial, however, that you allow yourself the proper amount of time to rest (and you literally need to be doing nothing during this time.) Your body simply just needs time to restore its energy, so it can work as hard as possible to fight off germs and recover. If you keep pushing yourself through the sickness, without giving yourself a full day off to rest, it’s only going to last longer and you’ll feel worse. If I were a doctor, I would give you a signed sheet because you are officially on bedrest!
Nobody likes to be sick, and nobody likes to be around a sick person. Make a conscious effort to get better. By following these tips, sooner than you think, you’ll be back to your glowing, wonderful self!