Whilst I love the Christmas period, there is something that is inevitable – the lurgy hitting the house. If you spotted my Instagram post here just before Christmas then you will know that we have been fighting the lurgy. It got me thinking about way to combat coughs, colds and the flu during the winter season.
1 – You can’t beat a hot drink – I find it always helps me warm up and eases any aches and pains. I quite like to have hot lemon and honey in the morning to ease any soreness in my throat. It is such a simple drink and is super easy to prepare but it is one that always helps make me feel so much better and ready to start the day.
2 – If you’re eligible then get the Flu vaccination. I had it during all three pregnancies and during both Mr D and Miss E’s I had a pretty nasty chest infection but thankfully avoided the flu. The oldest two children have also had their flu vaccination this year which has been particularly useful given a local school was closed over a flu outbreak a week or so ago.
3 – Get a nice hot bath. There really is nothing better in the winter months then having long hot soak. The team at Bathing Solutions have provided their own top tips for combating flu too. When I’m feeling those tell tale aches and pains of the start of a cold then there really is nothing like a long hot bath with a good book or magazine. I always find it warms me up fully as well as easing any aches. The hot air also helps clear any congestion in your noise/head which instantly helps I find.
4 – Get out for fresh air. There really is nothing better than getting out and about for a bit of fresh air. We are really lucky where we live in that there are lots of parks and woodland to walk around as well as the canal network. I know Boxing Day morning we had a lovely walk to blow away the excesses of Christmas Day and to get some much-needed fresh air. If you stay in the house, especially when the central heating is on, you can start to feel sluggish and any germs just linger and fester. Get wrapped up and get out and about, you really will feel much better for it.
5 – Try and maintain a good diet. I always find that at this time of year there is an endless lists of parties and event to go to, or things to do. If you’re anything like us then that means you’re probably eating more sweets, cakes and chocolates and eating quick meals rather than healthier ones. I am trying to ensure there is plenty of fruit in the house for us to snack on rather than resorting to crisps and biscuits (which is all too easy!)
What are your top tips for beating the winter lurgy? And hopefully you have stayed bug free so far.
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