How to Find Relief When You Are Sick

By Ashley Chapman

Winter brings changes in the weather and that means changes to your health. While we try to avoid catching a cold, it is something that we cannot avoid at all times. Whether you are a teacher or work in an office, finding relief can be difficult. Read more to find out what you can do to find relief when you are sick.

Hydration

When you are under the weather, the last thing you may want to do is drink liquids. However, it is important that you are taking in fluids to stay hydrated and help boost your immune system. It is vital that you stay away from drinking large amounts of juices because they tend to be high in sugar.

Some options for staying hydrated when sick include:

  • Coconut water
  • Green or Ginger Tea
  • Broth (chicken, beef or vegetable)

Spicy Foods

If you are congested in the chest or nose area, it can make be hard to breathe, especially when you are trying to get a good night's rest. If you are trying to clear up your sinuses, eating spicy foods is a natural way to find relief.

You can choose to go out to eat spicy food or you can make it at home. If you choose to make food at home, you can add chili spices or jalapenos to foods such as ramen, rice and vegetables or plain broth.

Plenty of Rest

While it is important to go to work every day, sometimes taking one day to just rest can make a huge difference. Resting can help your body relax and to gain energy that has been lost. Try to avoid strenuous activities.  You may also want to avoid working out during this time, to help stop the spread of germs.  

Cleaning 

While it is unavoidable to stop your sickness, you can help your family or friends avoid getting sick. Make sure that you try to disinfect counter tops and door handles in your home or office, as well as washing your bedding.

Lower Stress 

Did you know that stress lowers your immune system? It is important that you try to lower interactions with stressful situations to help boost your immune system. If you cannot avoid stress because of work or home life, try to find ways to distress. Some activities that may lower stress include taking walks, yoga or mediation.

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