Since I was sick over the weekend and yesterday, I didn't really plan ahead for this post. But being sick gave me an idea to share a few tips to getting over a cold quickly.
1. Drink lots of water. I'd been pretty terrible about drinking my water the previous few weeks, and being sick that's all I wanted to drink. Here are some tips on how to drink more water. Water is the best, but drinking other fluids is great, too. Just try to get in as much liquid as possible.
2. Eat only when you're hungry. It's natural for you to experience a loss of appetite.
Loss of appetite is your body’s natural defense mechanism for fevers, as it helps the immune system focus its energy on fighting pathogens. (source)When you do feel like eating, try to consume things that are full of nutrients like fruit and vegetable juices and warm broths.
Consuming lots of liquids (water, juices, broth) helps keep the secretions thinner, so they can be flushed out of your system faster, which helps alleviate symptoms such as a cough or nasal drainage.
3. REST. This is probably the most difficult one. We're usually being pulled in several different directions and have so many things to do, but it's important to just STOP and REST. Seriously, take naps, watch mindless TV, read a book. If possible, stay home from work and skip the workout. Yes, I said it. Your body has enough going on trying to heal you. :)
4. Practice good hygiene. All too often when you're sick, hygiene takes a back seat; you don't shower or brush your hair or get out of your PJs. Tell me I'm not the only one! Even if you don't take a shower, washing your hands becomes very important when you're sick. I spent the day with a box of tissues and a bottle of hand sanitizer by my side. Also, remember to cover your mouth (use your elbow, not your hand) when you cough. :)
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a nurse. These are just tips that seem to have worked for me recently. Obviously, if you're feeling more than a moderate cold, please see your doctor and follow any instructions you receive.
What tricks do you have for fighting the common cold?