I wish I had THE magical advice, which would rid you of any chance of getting a cold or flu this winter season. Heck, I wish I had this magical advice so I could also give it to myself and avoid whining and crying and missing workouts because I can’t breathe. I think you forget how much you like breathing through your nose while you sleep, until you can’t. It makes me angry when it happens. A few times I’ve even got so frustrated I yelled “COME ON!” at my congested nostrils. Stop laughing, I bet you have too, so stop pretending you haven’t. (Yelling at them didn’t work, but it made me feel a bit better, in spirit at least.)
There are a few things that I will unsolicitedly tell you what I do to fight off colds and flus during this lovely winter season, while simultaneously making up words…*sigh* Hopefully some of them will help you. Sometimes these things help, sometimes they don’t. Regardless (placebo-ish thoughts or not) doing these things makes me feel better and makes it seem to me as though my colds/flus are shorter than most.
1- If you start to feel sick, tired and fatigued, get ample amounts of ZZZs and drink a lot of water. Sounds simple, but we forget. Whether you’re a little stress-ball working extra hard during your company’s year-end, or running yourself down visiting ten million (I may exaggerate a bit) relatives during holidays, make sure that ultimately you are getting the rest that you need to keep the germs at bay. Germs hate strong immune systems. I wouldn’t mess with Arnold, colds and flus won’t mess with Arnold-Immune, as long as you keep strronnggg. *flex*
2- If you start to feel a tickle at the back of your throat ,or like the front of your face is going to fall off/front of the face headache – eat ice cream. (Okay, I may be lying about that part….) If any cold or flu-like symptoms appear, be proactive about things. Big fan of ColdFX. There are numerous professionals that agree or disagree with the use of this, but it makes me feel better. I suppose one doesn’t really know if it works because it’s supposed to prevent you from getting sick at the beginning of the sickness. If I’m not sick once I’ve taken it, I assume it worked. I am no medical professional, so who knows. I consider this and Echinacea to be the ninjas of cold fighting. One could argue that Oil of Oregano makes them feel better, but it tastes not as great, and burns. I am not a particular fan, but I have taken this as well when told it would help.*
3- Wash your hands. Don’t be touching things on the subway then eating or touching your own face with said hands, because Joe-McSneezerson could have been touching that pole before you got on the subway, you don’t know. I’m not saying get all paranoid and become one of those people afraid to touch anything, but be cautious.
So these are a few of the things that I do to protect myself from dreaded cold and flu! Despite my sarcastically sound advice on this topic, sometimes you’re still going to get sick. You’re going to want to yell at your congestion like I do, and maybe even shake your fist at it. If this does happen, curl up under your biggest blanket, drink lots of water, get a lot of rest, and most importantly demand someone bring you soup – at least that’s what I do!
*Confession: Paused half way through cold and flu tips to have a little dance party to Applause-Lady Gaga and Stompa- Serena Ryder. Then I tried to drop a beat to Rihanna and Eminem’s The Monster, but still have to learn the song a bit better first.*