As unpleasant as it is, we all get sick either from a cold or from the flu. Some of us can handle it better than others because, let’s face it, getting sick can make us irritable, tired, groggy, and sometimes, just downright mean. Here are some tips on how to get well and not drive yourself and everybody crazy while doing it.
The first thing to determine is whether or not you have a cold or the flu. The symptoms for both can be similar but there are a few distinctions. If you have a fever and body aches that’s accompanied by cough, runny nose etc than you have the flu. A cold doesn’t really come with a fever and body aches.
The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you’re getting enough rest. It’s so weird that I’m writing this article while I’m sick with the flu, however, I’m able to write this while relaxing in my bed, and therefore, am still getting plenty of rest. You’ll want to give your body time to heal as being sick can make you feel pretty worn out. Don’t do anything strenuous. You’ll only make yourself feel worse.
Avoid Cross Contamination:
When you’re sick you’re going to be coughing, and sneezing a lot, and therefore, it’s best to always use a tissue when that happens. Never cough or sneeze inside of your hand. Wash your hands before touching anything whether you’ve used a tissue while coughing and sneezing or not. Keep hand sanitizer by your bed too. This will help you keep germs off of your hands and will prevent someone else from getting sick with your germs.
This will be harder for those of us who have the flu, as it can decrease your appetite significantly, but eating can help you remain strong so you can get well faster. Even if you can’t eat your normal amount, eat something. It’s better than nothing. Homemade soups are best; something that’s easy for you to digest, especially if you’re experiencing nausea.
Always keep yourself hydrated. It’s always best to keep lots of fluid in your system. Apple or orange juice (vitamin C is important to have when you’re sick) is best, or even ginger ale. Don’t forget to drink lots of water as well. Teas are good too.
If you have a sore throat, gargling with salt water can heal it faster. It won’t necessarily take away the pain but as I said, it’ll heal your throat faster. There are also some teas that you can gargle with that can help with that as well. Do some research on which ones are the best.
Exposing yourself to steam will help decrease your congestion, especially chest congestion, which will help relieve your cough. This will help you sleep better as well. You can use the steam from a shower, a pot on the stove, or you can do it the easy way by purchasing a humidifier and placing it by your bed.
Using over the counter medications of your choice, medications prescribed by your doctor, in the event that you are severely sick, or using more natural home remedies are all good choices. In this case, you’re using what you feel is best for you, or what is necessary for you to have. Some can get over their cold/flu naturally, and others may need a bit more intervention.