It’s a germy time of year. It seems like everyone is sick. We’re all touching the same door handles, shared work fridges, communal photocopiers, phones, pens, etc. It makes me a little wiggy just to think about it.
I’m getting over a cold myself (plane germs are the one and only awful thing about vacation). It got me thinking about preventative ways to avoid a cold and I’m not sure there are many. Get enough sleep, work out, wash your hands, etc. I do all these things and still sometimes get a cold. The only way to really beat a cold, in my opinion, is have a handful of ironclad reactive measures. So, here are my top 5 tips to beat a winter cold:
- Sleep With a Humidifier On – I swear, I will get sick without the humidifier on at night from September to April. The moisture keeps my nose and throat from drying out (a sure first sign of a cold). Also the white noise helps me sleep better too.
- EmergenC Packets – Forgo the calories of OJ and drink one of these per day instead for all of your Vitamin C needs (120 cals per 8 oz. vs. 20 cals for 1 packet). I prefer to drink mine in the morning with breakfast. File EmergenC packets under Awesome Hangover Remedies also.
- Alka Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine – The only cold meds I take. This stuff helps with symptoms like cough and congestion and will knock you out at night so you can sleep. Though, unlike Nyquil, it won’t give you weird dreams or be impossible to wake up from.
- Gargle With Salt Water – Sounds gross but nothing soothes a sore throat more than salt water. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, gargle 3-4 times, repeat 4-5 times per day.
- The Obvious But Tried and True Tips – rest, sleep, a hot shower, blow your nose rather than sniffle it up, have cough drops on hand, stay hydrated (water and green tea work best for me), and acetaminophen.
Here’s to your health! Feel free to share your favorite ways to deal with a winter cold.