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I am a big believer in preventative medicine. Taking care of yourself by eating healthy, taking vitamins and exercising regularly will go a long way towards maintaining good health. However, it is no a guarantee that you will never get sick. Our immune systems will always find some bug that is temporarily stronger than it can handle. That means you will undoubtedly get sick every once in a while. And with my great luck, it is always when I seem to be the busiest! The holiday season is crammed full of things that need to get done so every once in a while I just need to suck it up and deal with my cold symptoms rather than hiding under my covers and napping all day. If you get sick at the busiest time of year, here are a few ways to survive a cold so you can power through and get stuff done.
How to Survive a Cold
Catnap to re-energize
Cat naps, quick 30-second power naps, are a great way to re-energize yourself when you are sick. You may not have time to stay in bed all day, but just resting your eyes for 30 minutes will hep refuel your body and give your immune system a boost.
Stock up on saline spray
Saline nose spray is one of my all time favorite ways to clean out head congestion. Get the kind in the can with a one-way aerosol spray to avoid contamination and toss it out when you are finally better so you don’t reinfect yourself.
Staying hydrated helps keep mucus thinned out and replaces all those fluids you lose as you blow your nose all day. Don’t just stick to water, either. Warm broth is full of much-needed nutrients and a cup of hot tea with lemon, honey and a dash of cayenne pepper will keep your throat soothed and your head clear better than just plain water.
Be considerate of others
Sometimes you have no choice but to run out when you have a cold. Try to be considerate when you are sick. Use the drive-through pharmacy instead of going inside and coughing on people in line. Limit errands to those things that HAVE to get done and try to work on your ‘at home’ to do list instead.
Take a hot shower
The heat from your shower can go a long way towards soothing achy muscles and the steam will help clear up your head congestion. The steam from a hot shower is also great at loosening up chest congestion and soothing cough. After your shower, make sure you bundle up and keep your body warm while you are running errands. Shivering through chilly temps just tightens all those muscles up again!
Soothe aches and pains with over the counter products
Sometimes, you need to delve into your supply of pain killers and over the counter symptom relief to power through a cold! I keep my medicine chest stocked for emergencies with a collection of pain relievers, antihistamines and cough suppressants. When you are battling a cold and working through your to-do list, over the counter products may mean the difference between misery and getting your holiday gifts wrapped!
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Sometimes, no matter how well we take care of ourselves, we end up getting sick. Travel, stress and a ton of other factors work against our immune system every day. Since staying in bed for 3 days isn’t always an option, knowing how to survive a cold AND tackle your to-do list can be a big help.
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.