If you’re lucky enough to come down with your cold on the weekend or a day off, sleep. I know, I know, sometimes this is impossible for busy moms. I hear you. My last cold started on a Saturday night. I took a hot detox bath and drank my magic elixir, which you can read about HERE. Sunday was full of baths and Netflix. No joke, I was pretty much cured on Monday morning.
Steam for the common cold
So besides rest, how can you get though your day? Follow these tips!
Start your morning with a hot, steamy shower. If you have some tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil, toss that on the shower floor. *Please make sure it’s not where you step, it could make it slippery and we don’t need a bonked noggin in addition to a head cold* The shower loosens up all the crud (technical term) in your head and lungs that the common cols blesses us with, and gets things moving around so you can breathe. Breathing is one of those things that is NOT overrated.
Next serve yourself a nice cuppa hot lemon water with honey. Honey and lemon are magical when you have a cold. If you are a coffee drinker, like me, now is the time to have a cup. Some people say to stay away from it when you’re sick. If I stay away from it those nearest and dearest to me will want to kill me.
Eat something delish for breakfast. Like Grandma used to say, you are going to need your strength to fight the bug! Plus your next move is large amounts of vitamin C. I took vitamin C once on an empty stomach. I didn’t know how sick it would make me feel. Learn from my mistake.
Supplements for the common cold
Take a boatload of vitamin C. I aim for 1,000 mg after breakfast, 1,000 at lunch, 1,000 at dinner. I’ve read research that supports the vitamin C theory healing a cold faster and I’ve read research that says it’s total bologna. I don’t really care if it scientifically works or not because I swear makes me feel better faster. If it’s the sugar-pill effect or if it’s boosting my immune system…it works and that’s all I care about.
Drink your water! And your tea! Eat your soup! Fluids help your beautiful body to flush out toxins. Bye-bye bugs!
If you really need it, please don’t hesitate to try some ibuprofen, or even a cold med. Just be sure to pay attention how dosing and mixing. You could hurt yourself!
Try heading out for work but promise me that you will get home as soon as you can, order take out and get yourself to sleep. You need it.