Cold season can wreak havoc on the family. Colds seem to pass from one member to the next like wildfire. It’s possible to try to contain the virus and keep it from spreading after one person has been infected.
Stock up on remedies early
Natural sinus relief or decongestant medicine can make the symptoms of a cold or flu less unpleasant. But going out to get them after you’ve started feeling badly can be a hassle – not to mention, you can get strangers sick as a result. Instead, stock up before the season starts with a variety of natural and over-the-counter remedies that can ease the symptoms so you’ll be prepared once it hits your home.
Ramp up the hygiene
You already shower daily, wash hands, and keep the house clean, but when someone is sick, ramp it up. Make sure everyone washes their hands all the time: after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose, before touching food or drinks, etc. Use a good cleaner like Method All-Purpose (Amazon) to wipe down counters, tables, and other surfaces.
What you eat and the vitamins and minerals you get make a difference not only in whether you get sick, but how long you’re sick and how bad the symptoms are. Make sure everyone’s taking a quality multivitamin (gummy vitamins like Flintstones work great with kids) and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water, and avoid eating a lot of sugar or drinking a lot of soda. If you’re already sick, taking a decongestant like Breathe (Amazon) can help alleviate symptoms while making you a little less contagious.
Get plenty of sleep
Sleep gives your body a rest, and allows it time to repair and recover from the stresses and exertion of the day. Getting enough sleep ensures that your body has plenty of time for rest and recovery, and also gives you a reprieve from the symptoms you’ve suffered from all day.
Get some fresh air
It’s tempting, when you don’t feel good, to stay cooped up in the house. And while you shouldn’t go out to public places where you can make others ill, getting outside for a little fresh air can definitely help (Geisinger Careworks). Spending a little time in your backyard, taking in the sun and some deep cleansing breaths of air that isn’t filled with germs and recycled dust can do wonders for your symptoms and your mental health.
Getting sick isn’t fun for anyone. But you can minimize the symptoms and prevent it from passing on to others with a little thought and preparation.