Self-Care Tips to Get Through this Cold and Flu Season

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It doesn’t matter where you work, or your day to day habit, we’re bound to get hit with a cold or flu this year. The kids may bring it home from school, or someone may be coughing in the cubicle next to you. But as soon as you start to feel that first sniffle, you know that it’s coming and there isn’t much you can do about it.

As busy as life is, we know it doesn’t slow down for a sick day. We still have to work, take care of the family, make dinner and keep everything running. We’re essential to keeping the family schedule on track and a cold or flu has to take a back seat. Or that is what we tell ourselves.

Now, the reality is if you made it through last year’s cold and season unscathed – you’re lucky. But this year we may not be as lucky. And if you feel those symptoms creeping at you, it’s time to slow down a little and start a little bit of self-care to help you get through the worst of it.

So what do you do if you get sick this year? Here are some of our favorite self-care tips. No, none are miracle cures but they may just help you get you through the hardest parts and back on your feet sooner. They could help you make it through those long work days, or that parent teacher conference that is looming on your calendar.

Rest – Whenever You Can

Yes, I hear you laughing. Our schedules don’t allow us to get a full night of sleep most nights. But if you’re sick, your body’s working overtime and fighting off symptoms you may not even feel yet. It may mean taking a day off work, a day snoring through your favorite shows from the couch or even declaring it pizza night instead of cooking dinner. Rest is key to self-care but it’s also required to help you feel better.

Remember that a car can’t go fast on an empty tank, and your body is nearing empty when you are sick or getting sick. Ask for help with some of your tasks at home and allow yourself the time to relax if you need to.

Treat Your Symptoms – Don’t Suffer

You’re already feeling horrible and usually we try to suffer through. We know this cold or flu will pass eventually, so why worry about it. Even if your doctor gives you medicine, mine has always told me that it’s fine to still take over the counter medicine as well. Why? Because the over the counter medicine isn’t fighting the cold, it’s fighting the symptoms. That means while your body is doing the hard work you’re taking some of the stress away from it. It means you are able to function just a bit better and get on with your life while you’re sick.

We tend to keep a few different things on hand in case we get sick, and keep them ready to go for those hard days. Bad cough and need some relief? We keep Robitussin® Maximum Strength Honey Cough & Chest Congestion DM in the cabinet that helps calm that cough with the real honey you want. It’s also gluten free, has no artificial colors & has true source certified honey.  Problems sleeping because our nose is stuffed up? Theraflu Power Pods Nighttime Severe Cold to the rescue. Theraflu offers you the powerful relief without a prescription by temporarily relieving your symptoms due to a cold.

We keep our symptom relief to the maximum so we can function and get through worst of the cold and flu, whenever it decides to hit us.

Reinforce Your Immune System

You take your vitamins every day right? Just like your mom told you growing up and the doctor reminds you every year? Your immune system is there through the good days, and the bad days, that’s why I try to support my immune system with Emergen-C Immune+®. Emergen-C Immune+®  is an excellent source of Vitamin C and Vitamin D and with Zinc to help you feel good.* Plus, the gummy makes it feel like you’re sneaking a treat every time you’re having them.

Pamper Yourself When You Can

Another one you may laugh at right? But really this is huge for self-care. Imagine it – you’re laying on the couch sipping bone broth (an upgrade from that noodles and stars of our childhood) and watching Netflix. We’ve grown up a little form of our childhood selves, but some things always make us feel better. Maybe it’s our favorite treat while we’re enjoying that down time, or a cup of Lipton Soothe Your Tummy Tea with local honey. There’s nothing wrong with having a little comfort to make you feel better. Lipton Soothe Your Tummy tea is an herbal infusion for those times your tummy feels less than its best.* With carefully selected botanicals like ginger and peppermint are blended with natural essential oils that make every cup delicious.

Remember, pampering yourself doesn’t always mean a trip to the spa. It may just be a hot shower with a few essential oils in there. But whatever it is that makes you feel even a little bit better – it’s worth taking that extra moment to get there.

Hydrate

This one may be the most important in my opinion. Hydration is key in everyday life. But when you’re sick your body is going through a lot and needs extra TLC including more water, especially if you have a fever or are throwing up. Try to take note of how much water you have coming in and add electrolytes if you can!

Taking care of your body, and giving it the tools it needs to heal will help you get back on your feet sooner. Remember, that while everyone relies on you, in one way or another, you have to step back and take care of yourself once in a while as well.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent disease.

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Becky is an interior designer, an adjunct professor, a foodie, a product reviewer and a gluten free blogger in Detroit, Michigan. Week99er is a family friendly site featuring products, events and recipes for your family. Contact her at [email protected]

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