Nobody really likes the cold and flu season and we can totally understand why that is the case. It is not really fun to catch a cold and then not be able to live your best life for the following week or so. While there are some ways through which we can avoid catching a cold or suffering from flu like bundling up in warm clothes and not stepping out into the cold winter air too often, sometimes these common infections are just too difficult to avoid. Especially if people around you are already suffering from these kinds of afflictions.
The first thought we usually have whenever we catch a cold is about how to make sure that it does not overstay its welcome and disappears as soon as possible. And for what it is worth, colds and flus can actually be like those pesky unwelcome guests who just refuse to leave without leaving some lingering sniffles. For this purpose, we have scoured far and wide to bring you this especially curated list of some fast but extremely effective ways through which you can easily recover from any kind of cold or flu. If you would like to know more about these, then just keep reading.
- Take Your Medication:
Sometimes colds and sneezing fits can be brought on by allergens which are present in abundance in the air all around us, usually during this season. So it is really important to have a chat with your doctor and consult with him/her about the right kind of medication for your particular problem. Along with this, you can also add some multivitamins to your diet. They can actually help your body to build back its immunity so that it is able to fight off the infection well. Look for supplements which contain vitamin C and zinc to get the maximum benefit.
- Take Steam Often:
Sometimes it is difficult to stop sneezing and coughing when you have a cold. A great way to stop it is to take steam multiple times throughout the entire day. What this does is clear out the mucous from your nose in order to help you to breathe in a better way. You can use a steam inhaler which is quite easily available in the market for this purpose. Or you can just take a hot shower which produces enough steam to unclog your nasal passages. The tickly uncomfortable feeling which tends to persist in your nose when you are sick can also be mitigated through this method.
- Eat Soups And Drink Liquids:
The constant sniffing and sneezing can make your body feel dehydrated quite quickly so a great way to replenish your body’s water level is to drink enough fluids and eat soups. These can also help in relieving the congestion in your nasal cavity as well as lungs. Make sure to drink and eat hot or warm foods as this can help the mucous to move out faster from the body. Heavy solid foods can make you feel nauseous when you are already down with the flu so it is always a much safer and healthier option to stick to light foods and liquids to heal faster.
- Do Not Rush Back Into Your Normal Routine:
If you unfortunately fall sick in the middle of something important going on in your work or life, you may just want to rush back into your normal life as soon as possible. While we understand the intention behind it, you are not doing yourself and your body any favours by engaging in normal daily activities faster. It is really important to take enough rest and to give your body an appropriate amount of time to be able to heal in a proper way. If you fail to do this, chances are that your body will not heal itself completely and you may fall sick again quite soon.
- Stay Warm And Cosy:
If you are battling with a common cold, it is imperative to bundle up in enough layers in order to stay warm. This can avoid any further worsening of your condition which can be caused due to the cold air filtering in during this season. Some great and easy ways to stay warm are sitting in the sun, using bed warmers and hot water bottles to give warmth to your body while you sleep and to use caps and mufflers to protect your head and neck from the bitter cold. All these will help you to heal much faster and you will feel much better sooner.
- Gargle To Ease A Sore Throat:
Gargling is an age-old remedy for a sore throat and let us just tell you, do not undermine this in any way as it really does work quite well. Gargling multiple times a day with warm water can help to ease the itch that you may feel in your throat because of the flu. The warm water calms your throat down and helps to heal it much faster. Honey and ginger have also been known to help reduce the scratchiness of a sore throat quite effectively.
- Engage In Your Favourite Activities:
Now this may be a tip that you may not think about when you are sick but trust us that it works quite well. Engaging in a favourite activity of yours whenever you fall sick helps to get your mind off of the sickness quite effectively. This can further help in lifting up your spirits so that you do not keep feeling miserable due to a stuffy nose or an itchy throat. All of this can help you to heal faster as the placebo effect kicks in here. This means that if you feel happier, you will get better as a result of that.
So now you know about these amazingly effective ways to help you heal much faster from a cold or a flu. We hope that you stay healthy and do not need to use these tips but on the off chance that you do end up falling sick, follow these methods and do let us know if these were able to help you in any way.