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Getting sick is the absolute worst.
Nothing leaves you more miserable and missing your nose breathing abilities like catching a cold. I know because this is literally me right now. I am ded. While Spring/Early summer is not “cold and flu season,” it doesn’t mean you can’t get sick! Be prepared to fight off your cold (aka be more prepared than me) by having around self-care essentials next time you’re feeling under the weather.
One of the worst things about catching a cold is that they’re always all so different. The cold you catch in January might leave you without a voice, while the other you have in June will leave you bedridden and sneezing a minimum 20 times in a row.
Because you never know what to expect, it’s better to be over prepared when it comes to your self-care essentials list. Keep reading to find out my 15 self-care essentials, and how to take the best care of yourself when you’re feeling sick.
15 Self-Care Essential for When You’re Feeling Sick:
Tissues are absolutely crucial to have around before you get sick. As soon as you feel a cold coming on, stock up on the good, super soft tissues that won’t leave your nose feeling gross and chapped.
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO EVERYONE READING THIS: ZICAM IS MY SAVING GRACE.
I’m pretty skeptical of those magical ‘cold preventing’ or ‘cold reducing products,’ but I 100% back this baby up because it has worked for me.
Zicam is meant to be used at the first sign of a cold. If you’re already blowing your nose 20 times in one minute, it’s not worth using the product. However, at that very first sign—so when you feel that weird tickle in your throat or are feeling a little congested– consider taking Zicam.
If Zicam doesn’t prevent your cold altogether (lil’ womp), the zinc spike will help shorten the length of your cold. Which means you can get back to doing your favorite things faster!
For me, that would be drinking a glass of wine while watching The Bachelorette, doing some yoga, and working on my blog (obvi).
3. Lip Balm & Moisturizer
Both are moisturizing products so I grouped these together. 😊
I doubt I’m the only one this happens to, but when I constantly blow my nose (especially in the winter because it’s hella dry), my nose gets extremely dry, crusty, and just really damn gross. The same situation applies to my lips!
Avoid the whole ‘post-sick peeling skin thang’, and have moisturizer and lip balm on hand and ready to revamp your nostrils and lips with refreshing and much-needed moisture. I love Burt’s Bees lip balm because I can feel it working immediately.
4. A Hot Shower
One of my favorite activities to do while I’m sick is take a hot shower. It’s a wonderful way to reduce your sinus pressure and clear up congestion.
Also, you can easily blow your nose without being extremely grossed out after. No shame here. I think we all can admit we do this when we’re sick!
Keep it classic with chicken noodle. The different ingredients in chicken noodle soup assist your body with healing. Bonus points since it’s a great way to stay hydrated and is SOUPer yummy.
Water is one of the best (and easiest) self-care essentials to have around. Our bodies are made of 60ish percent water and we need it to function. When we’re sick, our bodies work extra hard to make ourselves better. Water makes our inner organs extra happy, which aids in fighting off whatever pathogens infect us. So, pour yourself a glass and start chugging!
Honey is super necessary, especially when you’ve got a killer sore throat. A spoonful of honey coats your throat and soothes any hoarseness. Not to mention, (although the science is weak atm), honey can actually be super good for your immune systems and provide you with a much-needed boost.
Hot tea is perfect to drink when you’re sick. It will help ease any congestion in your chest and give you much-needed hydration. Stick to these teas when you’ve got a nasty cold:
- Lemon – Citrus has loads of vitamin C. It isn’t a cure-all but will help reduce the length of your suffering, and that’s clutch.
- Ginger Tea – If you’ve got an uneasy stomach, ginger is amazing at soothing and curing any nausea.
- Peppermint – Peppermint has menthol-like effects so it soothes any irritated throat/chest symptoms.
- Green – Green tea is one of those “all-the-benefits-in-one” sorts of tea. It has antibacterial properties along with antioxidants that can reduce how long your cold sticks around. It’ll give your immune system the boost it needs to fight off those pesky germs.
10. Essential Oils Diffuser
I absolutely adore my essential oils diffuser, and that’s mainly because I can change up the ways I use it per my mood.
When it comes to being sick, it’s an awesome way to get a little more moisture in the air and fill the room with essential oils to give you some much-needed aromatherapy.
My essential oil of choice when it comes to the common cold? Eucalyptus.
It works kind of like menthol and helps you breathe much easier. I also like to mix in a few drops of peppermint oil for extra soothing.
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11. Oil of Oregano
Oil of Oregano is another natural remedy to consider adding to your self-care essentials routine for when you’re feeling sick.
It is said to have these cold-fighting properties:
- Carvacrol – loaded with antimicrobial benefits.
- Vitamin C – Boosts your immune system and is an anti-inflammatory.
- Thymol – Antifungal properties that cleanse your respiratory system.
- Rosmarinic Acid – Regulates the immune system and allows your body to defend itself better, naturally.
(Plagiarism is dumb. I found that information –> here!)
My mom is super sensitive to seasonal changes and coughs like a crazy woman. Once she started taking Oil of Oregano for her cough, she immediately felt a difference.
12. The hard stuff.
And by that, I mean over the counter medicine. If you must go to work or you know you won’t sleep well during the night, run out and grab some DayQuil/NyQuil. Nyquil makes falling asleep so much easier. AND you won’t have to get up every 5 minutes to blow your nose!
I tried both the liquid and pill forms and I think the liquid works better. That’s just my personal take.
13. Your Binge-Watching Program of Choice.
If you don’t have to go to work, DON’T!
If you go it’s a lose, lose situation. You will feel like shit, your coworkers will be grossed out by you (or is that just me lmao), and you risk getting everyone else sick along with you! (I guess that’s a lose, lose, lose situation).
Stay home and hang out. Get some rest, lower your stress and binge-watch your program of choice. For me, I am rotating between New Girl and Psych, but whatever you want to watch is up to you!
14. Easy to prep, healthy meals.
If you can have someone prepare some healthy and nutritious meals for you, you are one lucky SOB and I’m very jealous lol.
If you aren’t as lucky, make sure you have easy to prep meals waiting for you already. I know you will most likely want to move as little as possible, so don’t force yourself to make extravagant meals if you don’t have to.
A good idea may be to set up a crockpot meal in the morning and have it ready by dinner time. Kelly from New Leaf compiled a list of 10 healthy crockpot recipes for you to dump and go when you don’t feel like cooking!
15. Warm and Cozy Blankets.
Try to keep yourself warm by wrapping yourself in the warmest and fuzziest of blankets. Not only is that better for your healing, but it will reduce your stress. We all know there is nothing like burrito-ing yourself in the softest blanket eva!
Like I said, getting sick is the worst, but with these 15 essential self-care items, you’ll be better before you know it.
What is your go-to cold remedy? Share your thoughts in the comments below!!