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How to Recover from your Winter Sickness

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With the winter comes dry air and cold winds, also bringing in a wave of different illnesses, going from the common cold to the flu to even Covid. Navigating through these sicknesses and fevers requires a combination of all sorts of things, topics we will explore in this article. You’ll learn a few self-care strategies and advice for this time in your life. By following these simple tips and tricks, you can support your body and promote a quicker recovery. Be sure to consult with a physician or medical professor if symptoms seem to get worse or you see no improvement. 

PRIORITIZE SLEEP & REST

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Adequate rest is extremely important for your body to be able to recover from illness. Be sure that you are able to get plenty of sleep and consider taking short naps throughout the day to help strengthen your immune system. Take some time off work or ask professors for excused absences and explain the reason. Rest throughout the day and don’t think about anything but getting better. Be sure to also try to isolate yourself from friends and family who aren’t sick to ensure you don’t spread anything to those who are healthy. This not only protects others but also allows you to focus on recovering completely. If you have to leave the home, be sure to dress in layers and stay warm, especially if you have body aches and chills. Maintaining a stable body temperature can help speed up the healing process. 

STAY HYDRATED

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Be sure to keep your body extremely hydrated by drinking lots of water, herbal teas, and clear broths. Hydration helps to ease any lingering symptoms you have and prevents you from getting dehydrated, which happens much quicker and more often when you’re sick. If your house or room air is dry as well, this can lead to even worse feelings of dehydration. Combat dry indoor air by using a humidifier. This will be extremely beneficial if you’re experiencing any sort of respiratory symptoms, helping to ease any congestion, soothe irritated airways, and keep you very hydrated. 

NUTRIENT RICH DIETS

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As mentioned before, it’s important to keep yourself hydrated and feeling okay with nutrient rich diets, like warm soups and clear broths. Be sure to eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals to give your body the energy it needs to fight off illness. Include fruits, veggies, and all sorts of other nutrient-dense foods to give your body what it needs. Steer clear of smoking or excessive alcohol consumption because these items will weaken the body’s immune system. Also avoid cold foods like ice cream or soda, as these will weaken the throat rather than providing a soothing feeling and making you feel better sooner. 

OTC MEDICATIONS

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Over the counter medications are the best way to get over any illness or poor symptoms you feel. Opt for non-prescription medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen (medicines like Tylenol and Advil) to manage symptoms of headaches, body aches, and slightly high fevers. Consider trying saline sprays and rinses to clear your nasal congestion, as you will be able to moisturize your nasal passages with these products. Be sure to consult with a doctor if these medicines aren’t working so they can prescribe antibiotics or something stronger to ward off the illness sooner rather than later.

Sharon Joseph
Sharon Josephhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-joseph-547586246
Hello! I am currently a second-year business management student at the University of Georgia. I have a passion for dance, trying new recipes, and traveling to new cities!

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