By Shannon Hanrahan • October 08, 2015
Fall comes with so many amazing things: savory foods, cozy sweaters, and cold nights to spend by the fireplace, to name just a few. And while all of those things are great, we are also faced with the beginning of cold season. Sniffly noses, raging headaches, and chills seem to be synonymous with the colder weather, pulling us back down to reality from our summer highs. But like so many things in life, getting sick costs us money and takes time that we don’t have. Whether you are home with the kids, at work, or in school, here are a few low cost ways to get back on your feet in little to no time.
No matter how many times you are told to increase your liquids when you are sick, do you actually do it? It is really time to start. In addition to drinking water all day long, adding in some hot tea can make all of the difference in how you feel. It will warm you up, therefore helping with the chills, and it is even known to help break up any congestion that you might be having. The beauty with tea is the variety available. You are sure to find a flavor that you like, in a price range that fits your budget. Aside from warming you up, you can find a tea that might even soothe some of your symptoms! Ginger tea is a favorite when an upset stomach is present and then chamomile or peppermint right before bed aid in sleep. Just find what works best for you!
We understand that staying on top of your fitness is a priority for many of you, but when you are sick, it is all about keeping the balance between exercising and letting your body rest. We have all heard about sweating out the cold, but stressing out a weak immune system could do you more harm than good. So instead of continuing your hardcore marathon training, take it a little lighter. Brisky walks outside (weather permitted), yoga, or other light cardio activities are great ways to get the blood pumping, relieve some stress, and hopefully allow the body to relax. You know what your body can handle, but be mindful of those around you. If you are coughing, sneezing, and snotty, it is probably a good idea to stay away from others and workout outside or in your home. There is nothing worse than being next to someone at the gym who is undoubtedly sharing all of their germs with you.
It is likely that as it gets colder, the heat in your house or office is going to be cranked up. In addition to a high heating bill, it also creates a very dry environment. This can led to a number of issues such as a sore throat, sinus problems, a dry cough and more. If you are someone who deals with this year after year and are constantly running to the doctor because an irritation turned into an infection before you knew it, you may want to consider a humidifier. You can definitely find one in a price range that fits your budget, check out our Target coupons. In addition to winter cold symptoms, people have found great success in using them to treat dry skin and dry lips! Just be sure to follow all the directions when you are filling it up and cleaning it to make sure you don’t bred any mold or fungus because that will just make you sicker.
Last but not least, rest. I know you already know this, but give your body a bit of a break when you are feeling under the weather. Don’t use it as an excuse to eat processed food and lay on the couch all day; actually recharge your body. Eat healthy foods like whole wheat toast, veggies, and chicken noodle soup and keep drinking your fluids like we mentioned about earlier. Then just get into bed, prop a few pillows if you are congested, and get some good sleep. Since we were kids, staying home sick meant watching tv in bed, but even just that little bit of distraction can keep you from the deep sleep you need so balance it out. Watch a movie or a few episodes on Netflix or pick up a book for a little to relax and then close your eyes. If you take one full day to do that, hopefully you can get back on track!
Being sick is only fun when you are little and get to miss school, while also being waited on hand and foot. In the real world, it is time consuming and expensive. Hopefully these tricks will help you feel better in no time if you do come down with something. But remember to take your precautions: eat well, exercise, and always wash your hands! We of course are not doctors, so for anything persistent or serious, give them a call. That is why they get paid the big bucks!
Shannon Hanrahan Shannon is a LA transplant from Philadelphia and a social media junkie. When she is not Pinteresting or Instagraming away, she enjoys eating dessert first, traveling to new places, and being a self-proclaimed DIY expert (aka HGTV addict).