‘Tis the season for runny noses and sore throats. It’s easy to just brush it off and keep going on with your day, but not taking care of those early cold signs can lead to more serious illnesses. When you first feel your throat getting scratchy and your head hurting, take these precautionary tips to help you get over that darn cold.
- Rest. It seems simple but it’s so underappreciated. When you keep going and going, your body has to work harder to keep up, so when you’re feeling under the weather it just has to work that much harder. Take an afternoon (or longer) to relax, go to bed earlier and maybe push that snooze button just a few more times.
- Stay hydrated. Whatever is in your body needs to be expelled out of there. Water is usually good for this because oftentimes when we are sick, we get dehydrated from not wanting to eat or drink. But if you have a sore throat, try sipping some mint tea. It does wonders for the body.
- Add moisture to the air. One simple way to do this is with a humidifier. Besides a low hum, you won’t even notice it there. Oftentimes our throat and nose become dry which causes a lot of the harsh scratchies we feel.
- Relax. Sometimes we don’t feel that our bodies physically tense up from stress (even if we don’t feel stressed), which only adds to the growing cold. Stop, read a book, take a bath, do yoga.