Whenever anyone gets sick, it seems to always occur at the most inconvenient times. The trick, though, is to not let a cold take over your entire life. Sure, sometimes you want to just curl up in bed and not move for the entire day, but sometimes work or family or other obligations won’t allow for that time off. So follow these simple steps to get healthy and get back to your regular daily activities in no time.
Get plenty of rest when you get hit with a cold. Although you may be missing out on some fun activities, you need to give your body some time to fight the cold. It’s ok to miss one weekend party, and it will save everyone else from getting sick too. Find a few movies you love, and crash in bed while dozing off to each of the movies.
It can often be difficult to sleep when you have a cold, so be sure you stock up on the necessary cough and cold medicines before you hit the hay – good options would be any medications that will make you drowsy and encourage you to sleep. Be careful not to take too much, though, if you want to wake up feeling alert in the morning!
If you can manage a solid 8 hours of sleep each night during your cold, you’ll be back to your old self before you know it!
Change Your Toothbrush
As soon as you find yourself getting sick, toss your toothbrush. Your mouth is already full of bacteria, but being sick makes it full of contagious germs on top of everything else going on in there. Your toothbrush could become your worst enemy and prolong your sickness by holding onto the bacteria that’s getting you sick. Start fresh with a new toothbrush and both your body and teeth will thank you.
This will help protect the rest of your family, too, because often toothbrushes are stored within close proximity to one another in a family household, and the germs can easily be transferred from one toothbrush to the next. So do everyone a favor and get a couple of new ones to carry you through when you’re sick – even consider the disposable ones for added protection against those harmful germs!
Drink Plenty of Liquids
With all of the rest you will be sure to be getting, make sure you are staying hydrated, too. The last thing you need is to be hospitalized from dehydration on top of the cold that’s already bringing you down. And although it’s hard to keep up with the liquids when you’re trying to sleep all of the time, aim for 8 ounces of water at least 8 times per day. The more water you drink, the better!
Also, being hydrated with plenty of fluids helps move the sickness out of your body. Water is going to be your best friend these next couple of days until you are able to overcome your cold. Make sure you always have a glass of water next to you, no matter where you are.
Just because you are sick, doesn’t mean you have to be grumpy! In fact, many researchers believe that by convincing yourself mentally that you feel better, often times, you physically do actually feel better.
Being positive can really help to lift your spirits and make you feel a little bit less sick, even if only for a little while at a time. If you are constantly negative about how you feel, you are only going to feel sicker. Put a smile on your face, and tell yourself that you are going to beat the cold before it gets worse.
Follow the Directions
If you are given a prescription by your doctor or you purchase an over the counter medication, follow the directions on the labels and make sure you are taking the right doses. Taking too much medication can often make you sicker, and, in extreme cases, can cause you to overdose.
At the same time, not taking enough of the medication won’t help you feel better, either. So be sure you read all of the labels properly and take the correct amount of medication at the appropriate times throughout the day to help you kick your cold and get back to your life!
Janet Fredrickson has a passion for health and wellness. She is currently researching an online MPH degree that she could achieve on her own busy schedule to further her education in the subject.