Dealing with a Cold

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An unfortunate fact of life is that we all get sick. No matter how hard we try, we all fall prey to the occasional cold or flu. Being sick is never fun, but there are a few ways you can make it a little more bearable.

Do not push yourself. Maybe you cannot stop yourself from going to work or school, but give yourself a break when you can. As much as you might want to hang out with your friends later or stay up bingeing some Netflix, you should stay home, take a hot bath or shower, and sleep. Give your body time to rest.

Make sure you get enough fuel. It can be hard to eat when you are sick, but you have to sustain yourself. Try bland and easy foods like breads and non-citrus fruit. If you have been following a diet or watching what you eat, forget about it until you are better. You cannot recover if you are restricting yourself, and comfort food is always a good idea when you are under the weather. Get something in your stomach, and make sure you wash it down with plenty of fluids.

Most importantly, restrict your contact with other people as much as possible. No one likes being sick, so why increase chances by unnecessarily spreading germs? Besides, you probably do not want other people to see you while you are sick.

There are a lot of different ways to manage sickness, but the best thing to remember is that it will pass. You may feel awful, but you just have to accept that and do what you can to be comfortable until you are back to 100%.