This post about how to keep going when you’re sick is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops and SocialStars. All opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowd
The holidays are the worst time to get sick. There is too much to do in what feels like very little time to get it done.
So, if you happen to find yourself feeling under the weather this month, hopefully these tips will help keep you going when you have to keep going!
How To Keep Going When You’re Sick
Drink liquids. Drinking water, decaf tea and clear broth soups helps loosen congestion and works to keep you hydrated, aiding your immune system in its fight. Keep something to sip on nearby, but avoid coffee, caffeinated sodas, sports drinks and alcohol.
Tip: If you have a sore throat, ice chips can hydrate while helping to numb the pain.
Take a warm shower or bath. The warmth is soothing and relaxing, and can help you feel better. Avoid using hot water though, as it can dry out your skin and make you feel worse.
Use a humidifier or vaporizer. Adding moisture to the air with a clean humidifier or cool-mist vaporizer can help you breathe easier and alleviate stuffiness so you can rest better.
Rest and sleep. The best way to help your body fight illness is to let it sleep. If you have to work, go home right afterwards and get in bed.
Relieve discomfort. Saline sprays can help clear sinuses and loosen mucus, and cough drops can help soothe an irritated throat while suppressing the urge to cough. I like multi-symptom cough drops like Ricola Dual Action Cough Drops which provide relief for coughs and sore throats in a single drop. The Dual Action Cough Drops have a unique blend of ten natural Swiss alpine herbs, natural menthol and a soothing syrup center for fast, trustworthy and safe relief. Bonus – both the Swiss Cherry and Honey Lemon flavors are delicious!
Relieve pain. For throat pain, try the soothing drops, but for overall body aches, headaches or fever, over-the-counter acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen can help. (Ask your doctor for a recommendation if you’re unsure which kind to use, and read labels for dosage info.)
Not getting better? If your symptoms aren’t improving after about a week or so, call and/or visit your doctor.
Do you have any other tips about how to keep going when you’re sick? What works best for you?