Getting sick is the worst. I always feel like a failure of a nutritional therapist when the flu hits my house. Unfortunately, getting the cold and flu is a part of life! That being said, there are some things you can do to help speed up your recovery time and avoid passing your icky germs to loved ones. Here are five tips for you to help kick your illness to the curb and get you back up on your feet.
- Open up the windows: Obviously don’t do this if it’s freezing cold outside, but if there is an opportunity for you to air out the house, take it! You want to let that fresh air in and get that stale air out. I also find that breathing fresh air brightens my spirits and helps me feel better naturally.
- Wash everything! I’m talking about your sheets, throw blankets, washcloths, towels, and bathrobes. Basically, it’s going to be laundry day for a while! I find that this is especially important when I’m on the road to recovery because I don’t want to keep infecting myself with germs. I will sometimes add some essential oil to my laundry to help them smell nice and clean. You can also make a natural fabric spray using water and lavender oil. It smells amazing and it’s very relaxing.
- Disinfect your devices: Are you addicted to your tablet and smart phone like me? If you’ve been sick andin the house, chances are you’ve been on your phone browsing through others Facebook news feeds. Think of all the germs that are on the screen and buttons! I will use a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to clean and disinfect my devices. I actually recommend doing this on a regular basis, regardless of if you are sick or not.
- Throw away your toothbrush: It may sound wasteful but every time I get sick, I toss out my toothbrush. I don’t want to risk putting unwanted germs back into my mouth after I’m finally on the road to recovery. If you don’t want to throw away your toothbrush, make sure you disinfect it thoroughly. I recommend soaking the head of your toothbrush and hydrogen peroxide for 20 minutes.
- Take out the trash: Are your wastebaskets overflowing with used tissues? Time to take out the trash and get rid of those nasty germs! When you are sick, I recommend taking the trash out every day (or recruiting somebody to do it for you if you have no energy). It may sound obsessive compulsive but I will disinfect my trash cans after I’ve had a cold or flu. You can steam them, spray them with disinfectant, or simply change the linings.
Disclaimer: Always consult with your local health care provider before engaging in a new supplement regimen. This article is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a licensed physician.