Stay healthy through the winter
Here are some tips to prevent colds and help you recover faster if you do get it, so you can have a fun and healthy winter.
Stay home if you feel unwell
Even if you think you’re not feeling well, it can be daunting to take a vacation. But physical discomfort is a sign that you should take a little rest. In addition, even if you push yourself hard, the amount and quality of work will not improve as much as when you are at your best, and productivity tends to be poor. It’s better to draw a line in yourself when you’re not feeling well, and take sick leave when it’s really hard. It is also important to be considerate of other staff members by not forcing them to go to work and not bringing germs into the workplace.
Take a slightly hot shower
A hot shower not only relaxes the body, but also moisturizes the nasal passages and throat, opening the airways and releasing tension. Let’s take a shower and freshen up with a sweat.
Recommended essential oils
Essential oils are a great way to treat a wide variety of ailments. Let’s take it in. Add 1-3 drops of clove essential oil to a mug of hot water, close your eyes, and slowly inhale the steam through your nose and mouth to help open the airways and relieve suffocation. Tea tree is effective for rhinitis and nasal congestion. A combination of eucalyptus oil and a carrier oil (which dilutes the essential oils) can also be used to massage the chest and back to relieve respiratory symptoms. Since essential oils are highly concentrated, applying them directly can cause skin problems. Always use a carrier oil when applying to the skin.
Nourish and hydrate with gastrointestinal-friendly soups and drinks
When your body is trying to recover, foods like bread, rice, and dairy products can be hard on your stomach to digest. When you’re not feeling well, treat your stomach and intestines with a lightly flavored warm chicken soup or mint tea. Also, to avoid dehydration, drink plenty of water and avoid drinks with caffeine.
Get some fresh air
It’s tempting to stay at home when you’re feeling heavy, but if you’re strong enough to go outside for some fresh air, take a short walk at a slow pace. Getting your blood circulating and getting some fresh outside air will help you feel refreshed and help you recover faster.
Warm up with spiced tea
Cinnamon is a very good natural antiviral and antibiotic. Dissolve a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and honey in hot water and drink slowly to improve blood circulation, warm your body, and boost your immune system. You can also add a little ginger to help soothe coughs and stuffy noses.
- Take Zinc
According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), zinc is effective in preventing colds from becoming more severe and lasting longer, and can even reduce the number of colds you get per year. Since zinc intake varies from person to person, it is recommended that you seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist.
- Exercise moderately
When the temperature drops, there are times when you just want to take a break from the gym and relax on the sofa or bed. But it’s a waste to give up your health just because it’s cold outside. Whether it’s jogging in the morning, yoga class after work, or stretching before bed, your body will be happy if you put in the effort.
- Find the root cause of your ill health
Have you been getting enough sleep lately? Are you feeling stressed? Colds often come from stress and fatigue. Use this article as a starting point to reflect on your daily life and think about what self-care you can do for yourself.