February 14, 2017

What I Do At the First Sign of a Cold

Tips and tricks for what to do at the first sign of a cold.
It is currently cold and flu season and I am doing everything that I can to avoid being sick. Just like everyone else, I hate being sick so much so I try to take care of myself all year so that I can avoid being sick as much as possible. Sometimes, typically once or twice a year, I can't avoid a cold and end up getting sick. At that point, my goal is to feel better as soon as possible. When I notice myself not feeling well and am seeing the first signs of a cold, these are some of the things that I do.

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1. Take it easy

When I notice that I am getting sick, I take everything down a notch. I do not stop exercising (unless I feel awful of course) but may not go to an outdoor festival where I plan to spend 4 hours in the freezing cold. Taking a step back I believe helps my body to get better quicker.


2. Hydrate like crazy

You all know that I am all about hydrating. When I start feeling poorly, I drink all the decaf tea in the world. Hot beverages may not cure a cold but they can help make you feel a bit better. Hydration is important in feeling your best on a daily basis and when you are sick, it is even more important. Your body requires extra fluids when you are sick so drink plenty of hot tea and water (and some coffee is fine too) to get back to feeling your best in no time.

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3. Eat well

Though you may not feel like eating a lot when you are sick, eating well is important to getting yourself feeling better. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables. A great option is a veggie packed soup. The hot broth will feel good on your throat and the vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals to help you feel your best.

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4. Get plenty of rest

This is hard for me to do because I am a go, go, go type of person but when you are sick, rest is so important. I have a really, really hard time taking a nap but when I am sick, I make sure to go to bed early so that my body has plenty of time to heal itself. Even if you can't take a nap, take some time to just lay down and let your body rest. When you are sick, that is the perfect time to relax and watch some movies and just lay low until you get better.

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5. Take medication to relieve symptoms

I am all about symptom relief when I am sick. Of course I try to feel better by drinking hot tea, eating well and resting but when that doesn't work, I turn to some over-the-counter medication for symptom relief. I like cough drops and some type of Nyquil-type medicine to help me sleep at night.

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