One of the most dreaded times of year is the cold and flu season. Sooner or later, it comes around and we have to endure days of sneezing, coughing, aching and just feeling awful. Even though there is just no getting around the common cold, managing it can be relatively simple by following these tips.

Stay Hydrated

One of the most important things to do when you’re sick, is stay hydrated. Drinking teas, broths and water can help you ensure that your body is staying fully hydrated and getting plenty of fluids. You should also avoid beverages which can cause dehydration, such as coffee and alcohol. Staying hydrated when you’re sick helps you to feel better and also helps you get over the cold.

Get Comfortable
Don’t just lay around in misery, plan to treat yourself right by pampering yourself and ensuring that you get plenty of rest. Take a hot and steamy shower that will help clear your sinuses and plan on going to bed early. Following that with a hot cup of tea will soothe a sore throat, as well as help you stay hydrated and relaxed. Finally, get some extra pillows and prop yourself up to promote sinus drainage while you sleep, and help you have a more restful night. You should plan on getting lots of rest until the cold is gone.

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicines

OTC medicines can’t help you get over your cold any faster, however, they are a good way to help alleviate the nasty symptoms that they come with. OTC medicines are great for adults and young people, but they shouldn’t be given to children under the age of 6 without first consulting their doctor. You may also consider the use of Vitamin C to help your body get over a common cold, however, it is best used as a preventative.

Eat To Feel Better

Taking care to consume food that is easy to digest and provides the nutrients that your body needs while you’re sick will help ensure that your body will recover as quickly as possible. That is why chicken noodle soup is an all-time classic cure for the common cold. It provides nutrients that are easily digestible and vital hydration. You could also try drinking broth and hot tea with honey and lemon, which provide hydration and can help soothe the common cold’s symptoms.

Hygiene and Best Practices

One of the best ways to take care of yourself while you fight off the common cold is to maintain proper hygiene and prevent the spread of germs. While you are sick is one of the most important times to make sure that you wash your hands. Try to wash her hands after wiping your nose, before preparing food and before eating, and after using the bathroom. It is a good idea to keep instant hand sanitizer around, it can kill 99.99% of germs. You may also consider using paper towels in place of hand towels, as hand towels may harbor germs for longer periods of time. It is important to remember to cover your mouth and nose while you are coughing or sneezing, to help reduce the spread of germs.

Fighting the common cold is one of the most miserable things that we have to do in our lives. Thankfully, following the tips and advice listed above will help ensure that the common cold causes the least amount of discomfort for you, with a minimum amount of down time, and doesn’t spread to those around you.