Surviving Cold and Flu Season

Surviving Cold and Flu SeasonThere are few things in life that are more inconvenient or miserable than getting sick. While nothing can take your illness away instantly, there are some things that you can do to ease your symptoms and recover more quickly.

DO stay hydrated. Whether it’s tea, water, broth or sports drinks, it’s important to maintain proper hydration levels when your body is fighting an illness. Not only will this possibly ease congestion, it supports your body when it is at its most vulnerable. You may not feel like it, but do your best to consume as many fluids as you can.

DON’T push yourself too hard physically. Contrary to folk wisdom, experts say that you cannot sweat out a cold. Instead of hitting the gym, give yourself and break and allow your body to use all of its energy to fight your infection. Overextending yourself while you are ill can prolong your illness and worsen your symptoms.

DO stay home, if possible. While not all workers are lucky enough to have a sufficient amount of sick time available, do your best to stay home and rest when you are ill if you are able to. Not only will resting shorten your illness, you will avoid spreading the misery to your coworkers.

DON’T smoke. This one should go without saying, but smoking is one of the worst things that you can do when you are ill. Even though there are far fewer smokers in the United States than there used to be, as of 2015 an estimated 36.5 million Americans still smoked cigarettes. If you are able to quit while you are sick, that could even be a good catalyst to quitting permanently! That would reduce your vulnerability to illness in the future.

DO gargle with warm saltwater. Gargling with warm saltwater can reduce the discomfort and swelling of a sore throat. Mixing about 1 teaspoon of salt with about a cup of warm water makes a gentle solution that you can gargle with.

DON’T forget to rest. Sleep as much as you can and give your body a break. This too will pass and most things in life can wait. Do your best to sleep 8 to 10 hours every night, with additional naps throughout the day as needed.

Of course, there does come a time when you are ill that the only thing left to do is to call the doctor. If your symptoms last longer than two weeks, you have a fever that lasts longer than three days, or your symptoms worsen, be sure to see a doctor.

Source: Staff Writer – Nancy Lawrence

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