Health & Wellness

7 Tips to Try This Cold and Flu Season

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

Though I love the brisk weather and the changing colours of the leaves that the beginning of the fall season brings, I don’t love the onset of cold and flu season. It seems like no matter what I do to, someone in our home always gets sick. Some years are worse than others, but that still won’t stop me from trying to take measures to prevent the sickness from invading our home.

I remember one year I had the flu really bad. I was laid up on the couch feeling miserable for over a week. I had a high fever, chills and achy everything. I thought it would never leave. When it did finally subside, I was grateful. I don’t want a repeat of that experience again this year.

On a positive note, there are things you can do to feel better and get back on your feet sooner. Here a few simple tips to try this cold and flu season.

7 Tips to Try This Cold and Flu Season

1. Clear your nose. I think not being able to breathe properly out of your nose is an awful feeling. I always feel like I’m being suffocated, especially when I’m trying to sleep. If you are still feeling stuffy after trying cold medications, try pairing them with a saline spray like hydraSense®. hydraSense® is 100% naturally sourced sea water that is clinically proven to help get rid of nasal congestion so you can breathe better and concentrate on getting the rest you need.

2. Keep it clean. This means keeping all those nasty germs to yourself so the rest of your household doesn’t get sick. I make sure to wash my hands often and use hand sanitizer more liberally than normal. Anti-bacterial wipes are also great to wipe down surfaces in your home.

3. Get moving. If you have a cold, exercise can help relieve congestion. A brisk walk can actually energize you. I think it’s the fresh air. I always feel better after spending some time out in nature. Just make sure to not overdo it.

4. Put your sore throat on ice. Ice chips aren’t just for labour. When you have a sore, scratchy throat, try sucking on some ice chips to numb and calm down the inflammation. It’s temporary, but it does help.

5. Try grandma’s remedy. My grandmother swore by gargling with warm salt water to soothe a sore throat. I always follow her advice whenever I feel a sore throat coming on.

6. Give yourself a yummy boost. I don’t feel like cooking (and cleaning up afterwards) when I’m sick. I know it’s important to still eat well and give your body the nutrients it needs to recover. If you aren’t a fan of pills, try One A Day® Gummies. They taste great and help the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins. For some added Vitamin C, pop Redoxon® into a 1/2 glass of cold water. You’ll get 10 oranges worth of vitamin C in one tablet.

7. Ensure you are getting enough rest. Take a day off work if you need to and rest at home. Have a nap or simply lay down on the couch and catch up on your favourite shows. I’m not one to nap unless I’m sick. It’s ok to take some downtime. Your body will thank you.

I encourage you to stock up today on what you’ll need for cold and flu season before it strikes. You’ll be glad you have all the essentials on hand and not have to rush out to the store.

Do you have any other cold and flu season tips to share?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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