I’m pretty sure that last winter, I picked up a few colds / viruses here and there, so when I started to feel a little symptomatic a few weeks ago, I racked my brain for all the methods I could think of to fight it off and then stay well for the rest of winter.
And you know me, I love to see what everyone else ideas are and share those too! So have a read, and if you have any other remedies, please leave them in the comments or chat to me on Twitter / Facebook!
1 | There’s Nothing A Good Nights Sleep Can’t Fix
Am I right, or am I right?! Sleep is a personal favourite of mine no matter how I am feeling. But it literally is the only time that your body has a chance to recover and heal. It also is where all your efforts in hitting the gym get reinforced so it’s definitely worth it and as important as being active in the first place.
I’ve been lucky over the last few months that I am able to sleep until I wake up naturally, but on days where I need to be awake a certain time, I have a Lumi Bodyclock which uses light to wake you up. Bethan, of A Pretty Place To Play says, “I love my lumi! I get pretty down in winter and it helps make sure I have a positive start to the day by waking me up gently.”
2 | Never Underestimate The Effects Of A Good Supplement
And one of my favourites when I feel the first symptoms of any kind of cold or flu, is Echinacea. I took two capsules in the morning for a couple of days, combined with sleep (see above) and I’ve been lucky enough (touch wood) to not have come down with anything so far.
And yes, you can probably get everything you need from food if you eat a healthy balanced diet but a little help doesn’t hurt?! Fellow blogger, Petra, said “if you struggle with healthy eating I recommend supplementing with vitamin C, D, garlic and zinc. These all help with strengthening your immune system”. You can pick all of these up at Simply Supplements too.
3 | Winter Is Not The Time To Hibernate
As the seasons change, it’s as good a time as any to set yourself some goals. Victoria (All The Gear) says “it’s tempting to hibernate away in the winter, and the dark mornings and evenings mean it’s more tempting to reduce your activity levels, but set yourself some manageable, realistic goals to keep your activity levels up.“
“As long as it’s safe to, wrap up warm for an evening walk after a day in the office, or get some extra steps in on the weekend while it’s light. Make small changes like not getting tempted to take the car to go to the shops if you could walk it just because it’s cold” – I don’t think I have much else to add to that cos you already know I’ve set a goal to run the London Winter Run, right!?
4 | Now You Have That Goal, Don’t Forget
…to wrap up warm when you’re outdoors. Rebecca told us “layers are key. Just ensure you remove any damp shirts once you stop and change them to prevent you getting cold. Yes, winter is a nightmare for washing but train long in winter, run strong in spring”. So don’t forget to pack a spare top for a quick change if you aren’t showering and drying off immediately after your sweat fest.
5 | Sorry You Got Sick, But Home Remedies Are Amazeballs
If it’s too late (I’m sorry) then you can still help yourself to get better faster. Starting with everything I have said above plus trying to get a little activity / movement / sweat in but keep the intensity lower than normal as you don’t want to weaken your immune system anymore than already.
What is the difference between cold and flu?
“A bad cold can seem very similar to influenza but generally, here’s how they compare:”Dr Sarah Brewer
|Cough||Mild to moderate||Mild to severe|
|General aches & pains||Slight||Severe|
|Weakness||Mild||Severe and can last 2-3 weeks|
|Fever||Uncommon and mild||Usually 39 degrees C or higher for 3 to 4 days|
Alana (The Larns) shared her homemade remedy with us which is “I swear by warming up on the hob orange juice, cinnamon, honey and ginger when you have a cold coming on. Great for sore throat and clearing the sinuses!”
Do you have any other ways to help stay well during the winter months?!