Last week, after dodging the lurgy and it’s various different forms since September, I’ve finally succumbed to the latest cold doing the rounds. And I was not amused. Although, let’s face it, I never am when it comes to illness. I feel like getting ill is the rational part of my body telling me that no matter how many irrational things I do to avoid getting sick, I can’t avoid it forever. But I’ll never admit to that fact. In the last couple of years or so, I’ve come up with a bit of a game plan to help me get through it a little quicker. So, to all the fellow germaphobes out there, consider this a nice, thoroughly disinfected gift from me to you.
Drugs. Lots of Drugs
I guess before I go any further I should say that this is is not me dishing out medical advice. Just use your common sense when it comes to medication. Read the label and stuff. I don’t usually pop painkillers at the first sign of a headache or whatever, but when it comes to colds, I dose myself up good. Regular painkillers are a must at just generally getting you through the day. I personally use the Cold & Flu pills rather than just plain Paracetamol, because they’ve usually got a few other bits to help you out in them, like decongestant and a touch of caffeine to perk you up. It’s probably some sort of placebo effect, but I find they do give me a boost throughout the day.
Give Yourself a Break
Yes, I’ll instantly go for any excuse that allows me to be a lazy bitch. But it’s true. While I feel like I’m letting myself down for not working out or doing the housework, resting up and catching up on a box set gives you a chance to recharge. Obviously, I’m not saying take the week off work and curl up in bed (unless you feel that crappy), but allow yourself to pass on a workout or a few of the less important chores for a couple of days until you’re over the worst is never a bad thing.
Again, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was some sort of placebo effect, but allegedly, echinacea is supposed to be effective in reducing the duration of a cold. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve personally found that taking this at the first sniffle means my cold doesn’t last as long.
While the residual taste of Strepsils may kill any desire to drink anything, keeping hydrated is key. I find it difficult to drink water with a cold as for some reason it just makes me feel sick, so I occasionally cheat and drink squash instead. Not necessarily the most healthy option, but if it encourages me to drink fluids then I’m all for it.
If you haven’t discovered the joys of nose spray yet, you are in for a treat. It’s a game changer. The blocked nose for me is probably the worst part of a cold. You don’t realise how much you take breathing for granted until you have a blocked nose. I only discovered nose spray a few years ago but now I won’t go through a cold without it. I’ve tried a few different ones but the best one without a doubt has to be Sudafed. It lasts ages and I usually only find I need to use it twice a day. Definitely worth keeping in your medicine cabinet!
Honey & Lemon
It’s commonly known to be a good way to ease symptoms of a cold and to help soothe a sore throat. And it’s so easy to make! Chuck a couple of slices of lemon in with some hot water and let it cool slightly, and then add a squirt of honey. Too much tea when I’m sick makes me feel a little queasy, so this is a nice alternative. Plus, it’s nice to have in the evening before bed.
Do you have any failsafe tips for fighting a cold? Let me know in the comments!