Having managed to smugly avoid a whole grisly array of bugs and virus’s last winter I find myself surprisingly struck down this week with one of those ‘head for the couch and don’t move until Summer’ kind of colds. You know the sort where your throat feels like a tiny man with a chainsaw has been working the nightshift, your nose is streaming far quicker than your super-fast broadband ever does and your head feels like a feather stuffed pillow? That’s me. So, should you find yourself (or a loved one) in the same predicament, here’s some top tips on taking care of yourself and getting back to your old self sooner rather than later.
- It sounds pretty obvious but rest, sleep and relax as much as you can. If you feel well enough or simply have to be in the office, try to work a shorter day or grab a sneaky snooze during the lunch break to recharge weary bodies.
- If you are couch or bed-bound, try and grab a quick 10 minutes outside everyday to boost mood and clear the head.
- Stock up on foods which are easily digestible, quick, tasty and have a high water content to help avoid dehydration. Try vitamin and water rich fruits such as grapes, oranges, strawberries and mango plus nourishing foods such as miso or chicken noodle soup.
- Sip tepid water little and often. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime plus some honey to help soothe a sore throat.
- If you are partial to a hot toddy before bed, add 4-6 cloves, a piece of cinnamon and 4-5 bashed peppercorns to tackle a sore throat and chesty cough.
- If you are taking cold and flu remedies you may find that it’s not only your cold that dries up. The active ingredients may also leave your eyes feeling dry too so bathe them nightly in boiled and cooled water before bed and apply a hydrating gel to the exterior. Try Decleor Harmonie Calm Milky Gel Cream For Eyes or Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repair to help rehydrate and soothe the delicate eye area.
- If you find that your hands are dryer than usual due to the extra washing or cleansing apply a super rich moisturisr or pick up some almond oil and apply as needed.
- A hot bath is usually the first place to head when limbs are aching but hot is not always wise. Run the water warm instead of hot to avoid drying skin further and to avoid feeling lightheaded. Pour in some mineral salts and essential oils to help ease the aches and clear the head. Try Epsom Salts combined with 2-3 drops of Eucalyptus and Lavender Essential Oils or alternatively, Dermalogica Hydro Active Mineral Salts with a little Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil to soothe those sore spots back to some sense of normality.
- If you nose is too stuffy to sleep, use a burner to infuse Essential Oils such as Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Lavender. An electric version can be safely left on overnight if needed but all should be on around 30 minutes before bed to allow the essential oils to fully fill the room.
If you have any handy hints and tips for helping us all feel better that little bit quicker, let us have them!