It’s flu season. The sneezing, coughing, and body aches that keep us in bed days at a time. Living off of whatever home cooked food gives you comfort and possibly watching TV for hours on end. Here are five simple ways to try and have yourself feeling better in no time.
Drink plenty of fluids.
This sounds like something you might hear from your doctor all the time, and for good reason. Drinking fluids will help break up that nasty mucus, making it easier for you to breathe. Believe it or not, chicken noodle soup is considered a fluid, along with other broth based soups. So keep drinking your fluids and eating your soup!
Keep your flu at home.
No one wants to get sick, and you don’t want to be Patient X. Everyone around you will know you are the reason they feel miserable as well. Stay at home and give your poor body some much needed rest so you can feel better sooner. Read a book, or curl up on the couch and watch your favorite series. This might help you feel a little better and ease those aches and pains brought on by this nasty virus.
Filling your bathroom sink with hot water and holding your head over the steam might give you a little relief and help break up some of the gunk in your chest and nose. Sometimes people will add a teaspoon of over-the-counter menthol rub or eucalyptus oils for a soothing effect. Another way to get some extra steam is to sit in the bathroom with the door closed. Let the showers hot water run until the room is full of steam. Please make sure to sit away from the water so you can avoid getting burned. It is possible that these might make you feel better, but unfortunately there is no proof that they will really help with your symptoms.
Sometimes the air in our house can be dry and this can cause us to feel even more miserable. Running a humidifier or vaporizer might help ease congestion and coughs. When using any device like this, please make sure to follow the instruction manual, and keep it clean by using their required method printed for the device. Failing to follow the directions can promote the growth of bacteria and molds.
The flu shot.
You might be saying “Why should I get a flu shot? I just got one last year.” Unfortunately, the flu virus is sneaky and can change from year to year. This is why it is important to get the flu shot every flu season. According to the Medicare the flu shot is “free for people with Medicare, once per flu season when you get it by doctors or other health care providers (like senior centers and pharmacies) that take Medicare.” Visit the site listed above to learn more about what Medicare can do for you.
Please make sure to take care of yourself and stop the flu before it stops you!