This year’s cold and flu season is particularly nasty so Kleenex asked me to share some favorite remedies, tips and tricks for beating colds and flus and reviving your spirit. When you have a cold or flu you have to just wait it out but there are ways to get relief when you are sick. Here are my five favorite tips and tricks to keeping my sanity while getting over a cold.
My number one remedy is chicken soup. This is no old wive’s tale people, there’s scientific evidence to back this one up. (CNN). The ingredients often found in chicken soup are found to have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body and may even inhibit the production of mucus. Not to mention that the warm deliciousness that soothes your sore throat. If you don’t have homemade chicken soup a canned or dry variety will work but nothing tastes like mama’s chicken soup. In the winter when I know it’s inevitable that the family will get sick I make a big batch of my mama’s chicken soup and freeze it in individual portions so I have it at the ready when the colds strike.
One of the most important things to do when you have a cold or flu is to stay hydrated. Whether I’m drinking bottled water, orange juice or herbal tea, I’m drinking something throughout the day. Tea soothes my sore throat and good ol’ water keeps the mucus on the move out of the body.
Speaking of mucus, I have boxes of Kleenex tissues in every room. I use an empty box as an empty box to put all the used tissues in. Not any tissue will do, I always get the softest tissue I could find because if I don’t, after a few wipes the skin around my nose gets irritated. No need to make yourself with rough tissues!
Sometimes when I have a cold I look at it as a way to catch up on some movies or reading but the inevitable happens – I fall asleep. I guess that’s my body’s way of telling me that’s what it really needs. Resting is really the only way to get better. There have been times that I’ve worked through a cold and I think I made the cold last 2-3 times longer because I wasn’t giving my body the break it needed.
Okay, I will admit chocolate pudding is straight out of left field. I have no idea why, but chocolate pudding makes me feel better when I have a cold. Actually, it makes me feel better any time but there’s something about its soothing quality when I have a cold. About ten years ago I had a cold and I happened to have chocolate pudding in the refrigerator. The silkiness had a soothing effect on my sore throat and as a chocolate addict, chocolate always makes me feel better. Since then, I need to have chocolate pudding as the ultimate pick-me-up when I have a cold. It’s weird, but delicious – and definitely helps me feel better immediately.
Hoping you don’t have to use these tips, but hope they help in case you do!
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