Begone, Common Cold!

(Originally written February 2017- Affiliate Links May Be Included)

It’s wintertime… the time of year for holidays, pretty snow, hot cocoa by the fireplace… AND MISERABLE COLDS DUE TO CHANGING WEATHER!

(Can you tell I’m just a bit bitter?)

Especially here in Southern Maryland, this weather has been crazy! Between snow one day and then 60 degrees the next… what gives?!

(I’m thinking global warming… but that’s a different story)

Now, as an actress/model/everything else that I do, it’s of the utmost importance for me to not get sick. My life is way too hectic to be slowed down by a case of the sniffles!
Of course, life tends to get in the way and sometimes, things happen…

Here is a list of a few tricks I do to TRY to stop the common cold in its tracks. Please note that I am not a doctor and you should check with a physician before trying any of these things.

Tips To Stop The Common Cold

  1. Drink plenty of water/fluids (like good ol ‘ OG)!

That’s right, this is a big one. You’re supposed to be drinking a lot of water all the time ANYWAY (great for your skin, your overall health, etc.), but especially when you’re sick so you don’t get dehydrated. Keep a big glass of water or a water bottle next to your bed at all times.

2. Soup (And other nourishment)

Yep, a thing of hot soup can do the trick. Maybe it’s the steam getting into your nostrils, the heat comforting your belly, I’m not sure. I know chicken soup is the best, but if you don’t have an awesome mother who can whip up some homemade chicken soup for you (shout out to my mommy!), other soups will do. I’ve definitely eaten ramen when I’m sick more times than I count (I know, not the healthiest option at all… but when you’re sick, cut yourself some slack!)

3. Garlic

I’ve been known to eat garlic pretty often in recipes (I just try to not breathe on people ha!). Probably has to do with the Italian in me. My best friend’s mom taught me about the health benefits of garlic when you’re sick. I’ve definitely added it to my ramen/other soup before and even sucked on a garlic clove (as long as you don’t bite it, it’s not overpowering and it’s supposed to give you plenty of health benefits).

4. Zicam

I’ve been recommended this product by more people than I can remember. I finally tried it when I was desperate to get better during a show I was in. Lo and behold, I believe it did help! Ever since trying this product out, I don’t feel my colds last as long or are as severe, which is a plus. You use this product when you first start feeling cold symptoms and you suck on a tablet as it completely dissolves in your mouth (no chewing!) There’s the regular one and the ultra one. I believe the regular one is just fine, but if you’re feeling really rough, go for the Ultra.

5. Sleep

Anyone who knows me knows I love sleeping. My sleep schedule varies, but it typically includes getting between 8-10 hours of sleep at night (and naps are sometimes involved during the day as well!) When you’re sick, you want to sleep as much as you can so your body can fight off the illness.

6. Medicine

I’m not a huge fan of taking medicine but sometimes, a little bit does help. Either DayQuil/NyQuil or sometimes even just ibuprofen. It depends on your symptoms, though.

7. Take it easy and let it pass.

Sometimes, there’s nothing you can really do for a cold but curl up in bed and try to make yourself as comfortable as possible. The best thing you can do is just let it pass. Read a book, play a game, watch a TV show, take a warm bubble bath, etc.

Well, here it is! Some tips and tricks for how to survive the dreaded common cold!

Let me know what you think in the comments below- Any other tricks I should add to my list?

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