Waking up with a cold is crappy.
I woke up yesterday feeling amazing, then I went on to do amazing things all day, and now I feel terrible. It happens.
So here are my quick tips to a happy recovery from a cold:
1. Drink water
Yep. And lots of it. I have a handy 2L drink bottle that goes with me most places, and I aim to drink one and a half of it every day, and two when I’m sick.
2. Tea is life
Drinking tea makes it all better. I have my own killer recipe for cold recovery (actually stolen from an old colleague that used to make this for me when I was sick, but he would totally be fine with me telling you guys, I’m sure)
1 lemon and ginger tea bag
Half a lemon
Nub of ginger (cut up into pieces
Quarter of fresh chilli (birds eye) / tsp cayenne chilli if you don’t have the fresh stuff
Half a clove of garlic
It is actually pretty brutal. The garlic is intense, the chilli makes your eyes water, and the honey soothes it all to make you feel like it’s going to be A-OK.
3. Rest days
I am actually the worst at taking my own advice! I am notorious for not taking rest days when I’m on a training program, because I know how little it takes to derail all of my good efforts, cut to me one week later having not moved from the couch and ordering my fourth pizza for the week….. It happens.
But let’s all stop and rest here for a second. We’re going to rest and let our bodies deal with the virus that is currently trying to slowly kill us.. k?
Those little bastards just want to make us feel good and here we are trying to derail all their good work by drinking all the alcohol and going running in the rain.. tsk tsk.
So let’s all just be good for a few days and try to take our vitamins, give the alcohol a rest, and stay warm and dry for a bit, give those suckers a chance to do some good.
Sometime we still need to soldier on and get shit done. On those days we stock up on paracetamol, water, and maybe some fruit and we do the things.
Paracetamol and ibuprofen are absolute godsends.
These are some of my tips, but my preferred list would only include one item:
1. Stay in bed, watch Netflix & wait for it all to be over
Unfortunately we can’t do those things, and colds pop up at the most inconvenient time, so we have to do all the other stuff too.
I hope the flu season hasn’t caught you like it did me!
I realise now after writing this post that I may have brought this on myself by skinny dipping in the middle of the night at the beach over the weekend.
Such is life I guess!
How do you make yourself feel better when you’re sick?
Do you have your own tea recipe? Let me know in the comments!