January can be a very overwhelming month. Not only is you body in a state of depleted energy from your holiday affairs (i.e. hosting guests, holidays parties, extra shopping trips, etc.), but its when the kids activities start back up, we set higher expectations on ourselves to improve (i.e. new years resolutions) and we are subjected to long, dark, cold days. Unfortunately, this is the ideal recipe for colds, the flu and other illnesses.
It’s important to listen to your body and know when it’s telling you to slow down. To help start you off on the right foot this year, here are some key symptoms to watch for and how to combat them:
1. Treating Symptoms: Whether its a long car ride with DD3 who is known of her upset tummy or the start of the flu, I always turn to Gravol to settle my stomach. As soon as you start to feel something coming on, use an all-in-one pain, fever and nausea reliever, such as Gravol Multi-symptom. With naturally-sourced ginger and willowbark, it will help fight off that nasty Canadian cold, without leaving you feeling drowsy.
2. Keeping warm: Even though it’s cold out, try to keep warm! Changing into a comfortable outfit (or better yet, Pjs!), curling up in your favourite blanket and the fire place roaring, can calm the body and spirit. I like to add a hot cup of herbal tea , such as one made from chamomile or peppermint, to heat me from the inside out. This can have a relaxing and calming effect as well as help with congestion and a sore throat.
3. Sleep: When your body is ill, it is telling you to slow down. Sleep is not just a chore we must do every day to give us energy or as a beauty regime, but it is a time that body focuses our energy into repairing and restoring the systems of your body to promote ultimate healing. So when you’re starting to feel a little under the weather, sit back and relax – your body is telling you that it needs rest!
What are some of your ways of fighting the cold and flu?