We have entered a dangerous time. The air is cold. The holidays are coming. By now you’ve already begun to experience the side effects of November: an overflow of unending work and a weary body from days of sleep deprivation. Two perfect ingredients for a fever or flu. Too much work and too little sleep are always the start of something bad.
And even if you’re catching z’s and not under any heavy stress, the world around you is a very different story. Everywhere you go, people are coughing, sneezing and sniffling. The bus is a breeding ground for bacteria. The office is a kill zone. Every door handle becomes a potential threat. As hard as you try, you may inevitably fall victim to the flu.
But fear not, we have 10 survival tips to help you through another flu season. See you on the other side!
The most important thing your body needs when it falls victim to the flu is rest! You may be busy, but if you don’t make the time to set your work aside and take it easy, you could be sick for double the stretch – and just imagine how behind on work you will be then. Besides, no one has ever been efficient and productive when their head was stuffed and their throat was sore. Take a sick day and take a break. Get 7-8 hours of sleep and rest up!
Ah yes, water. When you catch a cold, the first piece of advice everyone is so eager to share, that holy pear of wisdom, the inevitable utterance: “drink lots of water.” We hear is incessantly. And for good reason. Water helps to rid the body of toxins and may ease your congestion. It also flushes out your system and keeps you hydrated. If you want to get well soon, start by making water your main beverage. Drink up!
Moisture in the Air
Dry air can be truly painful for a sore throat or irritable cough. Plug in a humidifier or essential oil diffuser to help your stuffy head. Personally I like to use both. The humidifier before bed and as I sleep, and the oil diffuser throughout the day. Scents like lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon, and peppermint can help to sooth the throat, clear up congestion and relieve headaches.
Be warned, this is a frightfully unpleasant oil to consume. But, it works every time. A tablespoon of this strong natural remedy and you’ll shock the sick out of your system! There are also oil of oregano pills you can consume, if the taste of the oil alone is too much to take, however these tend to work better before you’re sick, as a premeditative measure. Once the flu sets in… desperate times call for desperate measures.
Hot Water with Lemon and Organic Honey
A step above plain pure water, consuming hot water with lemon and honey is great for your sore throat and sniffles. Raw organic honey is full of antioxidants and minerals. It can help fight free radicals and cleanse the body, as well as aid digestion. Lemon juice does this too! But lemons also happen to be a wonderful source of Vitamin C. And hot water can help clear congestion, improve blood circulation and decrease your stress levels.
Powerful. Potent. Spicy. Strong. Ginger tea is pure magic! Full of vitamins and minerals, this beverage can help ward off chills and fever. And if you have a sore throat or itty cough, then brew a pot straight away!
One of the healthiest beverages on the planet, Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that prevent free radicals from damaging the body. It can fight off infection, boost your immune system and sooth your throat.
Sip Soup and Drink Broth
While tea and water are essential to fight the flu, broth and soup also sit at the top of the list. Be it vegetable or chicken broth, drinking a cup can help clear toxins from the digestive system, detoxify the body, reduce inflammation and joint pain, and overall boost your immune system.
9. Stay Positive
We’ve all heard the saying, “mind over matter.” It may sound silly to think that willpower alone can rid you of the common cold, but there is power in positive thinking. So keep your spirits up! Tell yourself each day you’re feeling much better, and until you do, listen to your favourite happy go lucky songs (music, after all, is the best medicine).
10. Vitamin C, Vitamin C, Vitamin C
And did I mention, Vitamin C? Vitamin C is a little bit of magic. It can help your body absorb iron, and help to maintain healthy eyes and skin. In fact, the powerful antioxidants in Vitamin C can help to strengthen your skin, and may even help weal wounds and cuts faster. It is known to boost your immune system by aiding the production of white blood cells. And with any luck, it will help to ease your cold and bring you back to a state of perfect health.
Get well soon!