As many of us are probably unfortunately aware of, it’s cold and flu season right now. I just got over a particular nasty cold and my brother and mum both had a terrible bout of flu last week. I decided it was definitely time I told you guys how to take care of yourself when you’re struck down with one of these nasty viruses.
You’ve probably heard this thousands of times, but you need lots and lots of fluids. You need to stay hydrated, and it will flush the cold out of your system. Water is obviously best, but some occasional soft drink don’t hurt for a little bit of energy, and for when you have a sore throat a hot Toddy is the way to go.
Sounds weird, I know, but this very English remedy for a sore throat works wonders. If you’re of age, you can even add a little whiskey to it.
What you need:
-English breakfast tea
What to do:
Brew yourself your tea, adding honey instead of sugar and a good squirt of lemon. You can add milk if you want but I’d recommend against it.
Everyone hates getting shots, I know, but this really does help. If someone in your family has the flu you’re a lot less likely to get it. Just remember to make sure you’ve got a couple of days to recover from it though – injections work by giving you a mild dose of the virus so your body builds antibodies, but it can leave you feeling a little miserable for a couple of days.
Even though you might not want to, the most important thing is that you rest. Even a mild cold will benefit from it – one day off school or work will mean the cold is gone much more quickly then if you try and soldier through it.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR SKIN
The worst thing that often happens is as soon as you get rid of your cold, you get terribly chapped lips from it. While you might want to just keep licking them, don’t! It will dry out much faster that way. Keep a tube of chapstick on you at all times and keep reapplying. At night, put zinc and castor oil cream on it. This can be found in your health aisle along with baby rash power. It’s designed for nappy rash, but because it’s designed for babies it’s super gentle on your already sore skin. As soon as your lips stop stinging, put vitamin E cream on them.
You can partially prevent chapped lips and sore noses with aloe vera tissues as well. While slightly more expensive, they’re definitely worth the investment.
So take care of yourself! Remember to keep taking fluids, get lots of rest and take care of your skin, and hopefully you’ll have a slightly more enjoyable flu season.
(This post was written before changes to my blog, when all posts where categorized by “sparks”. Any and all references to Katy/Everyday/Travelling/Life Sparks or Sparkszine are as a result of this)