The day before New Year’s my hubby started complaining about a headache. But he’s just a big baby so I ignored him. Then, he woke me up in the middle of the night with a mad dash to the official barfatorium. I knew we were in for it then. By morning, the nausea was gone but was replaced by a sore throat, a worsening headache, a stuffy nose and cough.
He’d been struck down by a nasty man-cold. A wife’s worse nightmare.
Have you heard a grown man moan for hours on end? You’d think someone was pulling out his toenails or something. I’ll admit I started to lose my patience.
My mean-spirited thoughts caught up with me when, three days later, I developed a terrible headache and that scratchy foreboding in the back of my throat.
To pay me back, and out of a spirit of generosity, he’d sent his germs my way.
I probably was susceptible because I was feeling spent. The whole month of December was insanity and I hadn’t been sleeping and we’d travelled and been on airplanes and I’d had some personal stresses going on. Being so prone to getting sick was definitely not the time to begin the new year. But it was bound to happen because I was just plumb worn out.
It was a sucky way to welcome in 2015, and an even worse way to spend the last weekend of our vacation.
I’d hate for that to happen to you.
So, to help you keep on the path of health and keep you going through these freezing cold months, I wanted to highlight the signs, symptoms and battle strategies to ensure that plague (aka man-cold) doesn’t succeed in bringing you down.
Common signs of the flu and cold:
- scratchy throat
- runny nose
The most important thing to remember is to listen to your body, to slow down, give yourself a break, and take something THE MOMENT you feel these symptoms coming on. While men seem to have this one down pat, women seem to have a bit of trouble with it.
Treat it before it gets bad: Not big pill-poppers, we like to take an all-in-one pain, fever, and nausea reliever like Gravol™ Multi-symptom™ the minute we start feeling yucky. With naturally-sourced ginger and willowbark, this product fights off nasty Canadian colds, without leaving us feeling drowsy. (Due to my Graves Disease, I have to stay away from non-drowsy decongestants and ephedrines, so it’s nice to have the relief this product offers, let me tell you…)
Snuggle up: Even though it’s cold out, try to keep pamper yourself and keep warm! It makes me feel so much better to curl up with a nice cozy blanket and a hot cup of herbal tea, such as one made from chamomile. The tea and rest together have a relaxing and calming effect as well as helping with congestion and a sore throat.
Rest: The value of sleep is sometimes underrated. But it’s more than a simple beauty regimen. When I was sick I was sleeping 12 hours a night. I think that all that shut-eye was one of the most important reasons I got my energy back so quickly. My big mistake though, was not stopping the running around until after I had all the symptoms. I didn’t recognize that I was totally dragging and I didn’t sit back and put my feet up when my body told me to.
What are some of your ways of fighting the cold and flu?
Note: I’m a 2015 Church & Dwight brand ambassador and I was compensated for writing this post. All opinions and germs are my own.