With the change of the seasons comes the falling of leaves, brisk winter mornings, hot cocoa, and, unfortunately for many of us, a serious case of the sniffles. Check out these quick tips to help keep you healthy and cold-free this season.
Now that the rain has returned and the brisk air is nipping at our noses, one thing is clear: cold season is upon us. While there may be no cure for the common cold, these healthy habits can help to provide some relief and comfort as you kick that cough and congestion to the curb.
Sleep it off.
Whether you have a common cold or a seasonal flu, fighting off illness requires your body to expel extra energy as it tries to keep you healthy…so don’t push yourself too hard! If you’re unwell, take time to rest and get as much sleep as possible to allow your body time to reenergize.
Unable to get comfortable and symptoms keeping you up at night? Try using an extra pillow to prop you up slightly and ease congestion.
Hydrate. Hydrate…and did we mention hydrate?
We know how it goes…when you’re feeling under the weather and your throat is sore and swollen, hydration is probably not the first thing on your mind – but it can actually help. Staying properly hydrated can help to thin out any mucus and alleviate congestion, not to mention, it also wards off headaches and fatigue caused by dehydration.
Relax with a cup of herbal tea.
Not only can herbal tea soothe an aching throat, it can also provide you with valuable antioxidants and herbs that naturally address certain ailments…and it is something we certainly enjoy in our offices!
For example, green teas are often less processed, and therefore contain more antioxidants, while teas containing ginger root may help to ease a stomachache, and those containing spearmint and Elderflower are known to help with stuffy noses. Just make sure that you’re properly steeping your tea (for green, steep for 3 minutes, then repeat on your next cup) for the optimal sipping experience.
Curl up with some chicken soup.
Not only will chicken soup provide you with valuable liquid calories to help you keep fighting off your illness, it may also help to calm inflammation in your body, easing some of your symptoms. Remember to keep your hydration in-mind when choosing your soup and aim for a lower sodium option.
While it is never fun to be down and out with a cold, we hope that these tips will help you soothe your symptoms and get back to feeling like yourself.
This is for informational purposes only and is not a commitment to lend, nor is it intended to serve as medical advice. Any opinions expressed in this blog belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Mortgage Trust.
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