I’m a little under the weather lately. Caught it from a family member who will remain anonymous (though you know who you are). Needless to say I’ve had plenty inspiration.
That’s why I wanted to write my Top 10 list of things to do for a cold. Since I’ve discovered all these things through trial and error (and coughing, lots of coughing) I hope you enjoy this post.
I am not a nap person, but sleep is an important ingredient for getting better. That’s why you should turn off your alarm (if possible) and let your body sleep. If your one of those people who likes naps -great- go ahead and take one. But if you dislike taking naps with a passion prop some pillows on your couch or bed and relax. Resting this way helps a lot to, and when you don’t feel well you’ll usually end up falling asleep (you’ll appreciate it when you wake up!).
9-Watch favorite movies
The trick to this one is watch movies you’ve seen before, and preferably ones that make you more relaxed not keyed up. Now this may different for every person, like my sister prefers watching Gettysburg and God’s and Generals when she’s sick – it makes her fall asleep. While I prefer Jane Austen or black and white ones. To each their own.
8-Use a Paper Bag
This is an important one, keep a paper bag around you for your tissues. It helps keep your germs in one location, and you’re the only one who should touch it. I know if probably sounds weird, but it really does work. Once it’s full or your over your cold crumple it up or tape it shut and throw it away.
7-Get a Shower
Showers will do wonders for opening up your sinuses, easing chest congestion, and for making you feel human again. When you start feeling like you’ll be joining the ranks of zombies anytime soon it’s definitely time to get a shower.
When you really feel like crud stay in your pj’s by all means, but whenÂ you start feeling a little better change into clean, comfortable clothes. It may be your favorite pair of jeans and a t-shirt, a comfortable dress or skirt. Whatever makes you feel good. I know this always makes me feel better and for some reason gives me more energy! Always a plus for me.
5-Eucalyptus Essential Oil
I love this trick! If your head is all congested pull out your Eucalyptus essential oil and a carrier oil (olive, coconut, jojoba, etc.). Put a little carrier oil in your hand then 2 drops of eucalyptus then rub in on the bottom of your feet. Repeat this with your other foot, put on socks. You should start feeling more open quickly, doing it before bed can help you fall some asleep a little easier.
Make sure your eucalyptus oil is eucalyptus radiata. It smells the best.
4-Take a Walk
Outdoor air can make you feel so much better. Especially crisp, cool air in autumn. Try going for a walk and see if it opens you up. Just remember to take some tissues!
3-Wear a Wool Scarf
I get terrible sore throats. The kind that makes it almost impossible to swallow, and it lasts several days. That’s why I was so excited to learn this trick – because it works!Â You just need a 100% wool scarf. Wrap it comfortably around your neck (just make sure it’s lightly touching your neck at first). It will actually make your throat feel better. During the summer I had a sore throat and I went around town wearing a wool scarf! I probably looked really funny, but it works so well I don’t care.
2-Make this Apple Cider Vinegar Drink
This recipe helps with sore throats, chest congestion, and most importantly infections. When you’re coughing up green phlegm this will help.
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1 cup of water
1-2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
honey to taste
Pour the warm/hot water over the vinegar and honey. Stir and drink. It should taste enjoyable.
You can also make it cold, just pour a enough hot water over the vinegar and honey to make the honey dissolve. Fill with cool water and drink.
1-Fresh Orange Juice with Coconut Oil
Citrus juice is really good for colds when combined with coconut oil. It will have you feeling chipper in no time.
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Juice the orange into a small pan, add 1 tbsp or more of coconut oil (you’ll have to be the judge on this one). Warm lightly, until the coconut oil is melted, pour it in a glass.[/styled_box]
The trick to drinking it is to stir your drink and take a sip; it distributes the oil throughout the citrus (which cuts the oil).
So those are my suggestions. I would love to hear your favorite things to do for a cold, so leave me a comment.
See ya later!