Life Hacks to Survive a Cold or Flu This Season

Unfortunately, viruses are spreading around us during this cold and flu season. Germs are being spread at the office, in school and most public areas. The best way to avoid a cold or a flu is to prevent it. However, if you begin to develop either, we’ll go over some ways to feel better. You can also reference 5 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle for more health tips.

Prevention

-Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands frequently to avoid coming into contact with germs.

-Get a flu shot. According to the CDC, getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent getting the flu.

-Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth when possible.

-Exercise regularly.

-Eat a healthy diet.

-Get lots of sleep.

-Stay hydrated.

-Clean surfaces around you, such as your work desk or desk at school.

If you’re unlucky and you’re sick at home with a cold or flu, you may be suffering from a fever, sore throat, congestion, headache, earache, cough and/or a runny nose. In addition to taking a decongestant, pain reliever and/or fever reducer, you can try some of the following home remedies to help yourself feel better.

Congestion

-Run a vaporizer in the room with Vicks VapoSteam. If you don’t have either, you can put a small dollop of Vicks VapoRub in an infuser. Alternatively, take a steam shower or run a hot shower and inhale the steam.

Earache

-Garlic has antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Put small drops of garlic oil inside of the ear. Put a cotton ball over it and a hot compress over that. Relax for 45 minutes. Then, remove the hot compress and the cotton ball.

Sore Throat

-You know how to use honey and lemon to treat a sore throat, but did you ever think of using Jello? Mix Jello powder with hot water and drink it. It may sound weird, but it will coat your throat and make it feel better.

-Remember to get plenty of fluids. Try eating and/or drinking popsicles, broth, tea and orange juice.

Runny Nose

-Try this and it should relieve your runny nose for a few minutes: Press a finger between your eyebrows on your forehead while pressing the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds.

Rest

Your body needs you to rest for it to get better. Sit back on the couch, and watch your favorite movies. Grab a good book, and hang out for a while. Turn down the lights, keep the room warm and put on some relaxing music. Don’t’ dress or over do things; don’t overexert yourself. We hope you feel better!

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