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.
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.
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.
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!
What do you do to prevent colds and the flu?
Nip over to Superdrug to get stocked up on their cold and flu range!