Fighting Off The Flu
Despite all of the festive cheer and fun that comes with the holiday season, winter can be a miserable time for some people. If you’re unlucky enough to catch a proper winter cold or, even worse, the full-blown flu, you’re probably feeling far from festive. Get yourself back on the road to health as quickly as possible with these flu-busting tips.
- Stay In Bed
Tempting as it may be to battle on and try to live life as normal while you’re sick, you could end up lengthening the duration of the illness by showing up to work as usual. Most employers would rather have an employee stay home and get back on their feet than come in and infect the whole office, so take the opportunity to hide under your duvet for a few days.
- Stay Hydrated
There aren’t many effective medications that you can take to fight a cold or flu, so your best bet is to drink plenty of fluids to flush the virus out of your system. Avoid caffeine and alcohol altogether and stick with water, sports drinks and broth- keep a big bottle of water by your bed to remind you to sip frequently.
- Inhale Steam
If you are suffering from a stuffed up nose and a congested chest, steam is a safer and potentially more effective option for clearing the mucus away. Take a hot shower or lie in a hot bath with essential oils and take plenty of deep breathe. You can also fill a large bowl with boiling hot water, add some eucalyptus oil and menthol and then breathe in the steam with a towel over your head. This will quickly have you breathing easier and feeling more relaxed.
- Gargle With Salt Water
Scratchy sore throats can be a real pain, but gargling can help provide instant relief. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle several times a day- some people find the sensation unpleasant, but it really does have an automatic soothing effect on sore, swollen tonsils.
- Keep Your Head Up
While you’re resting in bed, try not to lie flat on your back. Propping your head up with several pillows will allow your nasal passages to drain as you rest.
- Add Honey
Drinking plenty of non-caffeinated hot drinks can go a long way to making you feel better while you’re recovering from the flu. Adding a spoonful of honey rather than your usual sugar can provide an extra boost- honey moisturizes the throat and soothes pain.
- Fight It Off
The best way to fight flu is to avoid it in the first place. Keeping an eye on your health all year round will put you in good stead when flu season rolls around. Eat well, including plenty of vitamins and minerals in your diet, and get plenty of exercise to boost your immunity and your mood. Washing your hands frequently may also help you stay away from those infectious germs.