This post may contain affiliate links, which means I will receive a small share of any sales generated through these links

How to prevent a cold

Just before my manager at work called me in for my half year review, he informed me that he was full of cold and promised…


How to prevent a cold

Just before my manager at work called me in for my half year review, he informed me that he was full of cold and promised to sit at the opposite side of the table so I wouldn’t get infected.

It’s here, guys. Cold season. After my fear of the doctor post, you already know how getting ill is something I try to avoid as much as possible. Seriously considering getting myself some health insurance that covers private health care after my last few visits. Mostly because I’m pretty sure they could do something about this stupid vertigo I struggle with!

Luckily, colds for me are more of an annoyance than something that makes me really ill. But an annoyance I’d prefer to live without.

Sneezing a lot is frustrating, blowing your nose until your nose is red raw and coughing mid-conversation is just those things you don’t want people to see you doing. Especially in retail when I’m supposed to be making good impressions to customers, not grossing them out!

But let’s face it, most of us are not sick enough to take time off work with a cold. So the best thing to do is be proactive and try and prevent it. As well as do lots of little moans to let everyone around you know how sick you really are. I’m really good at moaning about how ill I am. It’s a skill I’ve managed to fine tune.

Here are some things you can do this year to prevent a cold, or make it less worse. Is less worse a term? I don’t know. I’m going to use it anyway lololololol.

How to prevent a cold

Clean hands.

We already have it drilled into us to wash our hands after going to the loo and before making food. But every time we touch a door handle, hold the banister on the stairs at work, use a pen in the bank, hold the handles on the spin bike at the gym, we are picking up tons of germs.

I’m sure most of us realise this already and survive, but during cold and flu season, you might want to be extra vigilant about what you’re touching and remember to wash your hands more often. Or carry hand sanitizer around for when you’re not near a sink.

Use a humidifier. 

Having a humidifier running in your home will moisten your nasal passages. Dry noses are bad news because it makes it hard to trap and eliminate micro bugs that settle in your sinuses. You can even add 5 drops of oregano, eucalyptus, or peppermint oil to the humidifier to reduce germs and freshen the air.

How to prevent a cold

Spend time in the sun.

People with low vitamin D levels are more likely to catch respiratory infections than people with more vitamin D. So get out in the sunshine or treat yourself to a sunny holiday!

Use A Tissue.

Viruses can cling to your hands, so when you cough and sneeze, use a tissue instead of your hands to muffle your cough, then throw it away right away.

How to prevent a cold

Be chill.

Stress reduces the number of cells that make up the front lines of defense, meaning your body is less able to fight of viruses and infections.

Hot Tea and Honey

This is my favorite thing to drink when I have a cold, or when I feel one coming on. Hot tea with honey it in, it not only tastes delicious but is very soothing on the throat!

How to prevent a cold

What do you do to prevent colds and the flu?

Nip over to Superdrug to get stocked up on their cold and flu range!

Untitled3 copy

Collab post.
If you like what you see, please sign up to my newsletter below and follow me on Twitter and Bloglovin so you don’t miss out on updates!

Keep up to date with my newsletter



  1. We’ve just come out of a really bad winter with lots of coughs and colds! 🙁 I keep hoping they will go away with the warm weather, it was a bad season for us. Colds should always be avoided as much as possible! 🙂

  2. For me, a healthy diet and exercising is enough to make me avoid colds. I should start working out more as the winter is approaching.

  3. I do most of these things to prevent cold/flu, however, when there are people who are sick and don’t pay attention, that’s how I get sick. Close environment and a few sick people… you will probably get sick at the end of the day 🙂 x

  4. I’ve had a cold this past week and completely forgot about nasal inhaler – they help so much! x

  5. I always have a couple of Lemsips if I feel a cold coming on. I also try and relax with a nice hot bath!! Great tips 🙂 x

  6. My Mum recommended that I take some Elderberry Syrup from Neal’s Yard as it helps. Not sure if it works or not. Also taking tincture of Echinacea is a good preventative!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.