Summer is coming to a close and fall is now upon us! As the fall season begins, so does another, less pleasant season: cold season. While we love fall, the colds that begin to come with it aren’t quite so enjoyable. The common cold is a leading reason for school absences for children and work absences for American adults. There will be millions of cases of the common cold this year, with most years bringing 2-3 colds for the average adult and even more for kids!
We put together these essential tips to help you prepare for this year’s cold season! Hopefully, they will brighten your days in the face of any bad colds as much as the bright colors of the trees brighten your days as fall begins.
Read up, be prepared, and emerge victorious in the face of colds this season!
1. Start with the necessary creature comforts
Mom always said to rest up, and she was right! Rest is one of the most important keys to treating a cold. With that in mind, make sure you have a comfortable environment in which to recover! A snug comforter, a humidifier, and even an essential oil diffuser (see below) can all be helpful for bringing our bodies the comfort and ease we need in order to rest well and recover smoothly. Additionally, adding an extra pillow in bed to help raise your head higher can help to increase sinus drainage and open up nasal passages.
2. Have the fluids you’ll need
Don’t leave yourself sick any longer than you need to! Proper hydration is crucial to a faster and more comfortable cold recovery. Make sure that you have a stock of teas (preferably herbal/non-caffeinated), soups, and even lemons/lemon juice, the last of which can be mixed with water to both loosen stuffiness and congestion and provide a healthy dose of vitamin C. Avoid caffeinated drinks or juices, as caffeine and sugar can worsen dehydration and cold symptoms.
3. Stock up on those essential oils
Great smelling, and helpful too! Some essential oils are thought to help lessen the intensity of cold symptoms, including sore throats, hoarseness, and coughs -- but at the very least, you end up with a comfortable and beautifully smelling environment in which to recover! Popular essential oils include lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender. And the moisture that a diffuser puts into the air can also help to loosen congestion.
4. Honey it up
If you or someone in your family has a sweet tooth, this will be an easy and delicious tip to follow: take some sweet honey! A teaspoon of honey, consumed directly or mixed in a hydrating beverage, can have great benefits for the recovery and comfort of anyone fighting a cold. For adults, up to two teaspoons is recommended
5. Keep the contamination limited
When a cold strikes, your home can quickly become a contaminated hazard zone! Make sure you have tissues, antibacterial products, and surface cleaners stocked in order to minimize the spread of the cold throughout your household when it first strikes. Colds are spread primarily through droplets from sneezes, coughs, and on contaminated surfaces. If someone in your home is sick, be sure they have tissues to use and that surfaces they come in contact with are disinfected regularly. No need for Timmy’s cold to get Lizzy sick too.
As soon as a cold is over, be sure to wash everything up as well, including gloves, scarves, jackets, and sheets.
6. Start a workout routine
A fit body is a happy body! The more in shape our bodies are, the faster they can fight off infections such as the common cold. Keeping even a mild workout routine, such as jogging a few times a week, participating in a yoga or spin class, or joining a dance studio could be helpful in fighting off that next cold that you get a little more quickly.
7. Have a healthy dose of Cold-EEZE on-hand
Cold-EEZE zinc lozenges have been shown to shorten the duration of a cold by 42% when used as directed and taken at the start of symptoms. And Cold-EEZE Plus Defense combines cold-shortening zinc with ingredients to promote immune health, antioxidant support and help with fatigue, making it the ideal secret weapon to be prepared for cold season!
Create a sick day care package for yourself! In the event of a cold, you’ll be fully prepared and won’t have to go through the trouble of gathering things together when you’re already exhausted! Helpful, right? Check out our “How-To” guide for creating a self-care sick day package here.
Being sick is no fun. But if you take our advice, stock up and be prepared, you’ll be setting yourself up for a speedy recovery if a cold strikes this cold season! And don’t forget to let us know how you prepare for cold season on Facebook,Twitter, or Instagram!