6 things to do as soon as you start feeling sick
1. Take a shower and stay indoors
The most difficult thing about a cold is that we often don’t know what causes it. That is why it is best to use a strategy that excludes the usual suspects. If the culprit is a seasonal allergy, taking a shower and staying indoors is the first step to some relief.
2. Stop what you’re doing and get a good night’s sleep
When you don’t get enough sleep, you are much more susceptible to infectious diseases because your immune system is weakened. Even if you’ve already caught a cold and you feel it in your head and throat, the symptoms will be much less if you stop what you’re doing and have a good night.
3. Try the neti pot
Other cultures have used the neti pot for centuries, but this ancient method of nasal irrigation has only recently come to the west. The neti looks a bit like a small ceramic teapot. You fill it with warm water and special salt to gently cleanse your sinuses. The neti can’t prevent a cold or the flu, but it does help relieve pressure when things are clogged up.
4. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Staying hydrated is always important, but crucial when your body is dealing with a virus or allergies. Drinking enough water can prevent colds and allergies from developing into inflammation. Allergy medication is known to dry out as a side effect, so especially if you take medication: make sure you drink enough. If it turns out that you’re feeling bad because you’ve caught the flu, the most important thing is to take good care of yourself to stay hydrated.
5. Make a bowl of soup with turmeric
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. If you’re making yourself a bowl of chicken or vegetable soup, add some turmeric – it’s delicious, and natural healing too. Have a bowl of turmeric soup and go to bed on time – the first step to get well soon.