Cold and flu season is never much fun, especially when you are left feeling miserable and under the weather for days on end. If you have a cold, what can you do to feel more energized?
Get Some Shuteye!
In this modern, fast-paced world, it can be a challenge just to find the time to catch your breath let alone take some time out to rest and recuperate. However, when you are nursing a cold, do not try to be a trooper by battling through without taking a break or getting the needed rest.
Get some extra rest by taking a power nap before dinner or going to bed an hour earlier than usual. The extra rest will help your body to heal that much quicker.
Cut Out Non-essential Activities
When you are recovering from a cold, and have low energy reserves you should try to cut out non-essential activities. Do you really need to attend your pottery class this week? Can ballroom dancing wait until you are feeling better?
Non-essential activities will only add to your stress levels when you are feeling under the weather. If you hope to feel more energized when you have a cold, cut out these non-essential activities. Rather, concentrate on getting better.
Eat, Eat Eat!
Enjoying tasty, nutritious meals may be the last thing on your mind when your head is pounding and you have a stuffy, red nose to contend with. However, it is important not to skip meals or live on junk food to see you through. Fill up on nutritious soups (dig out grandma's chicken soup recipe), hot broth, or a bowl of wholesome chili.
When you do not have the time or energy to slave away for hours in the kitchen, you can still whip up a tasty soup or strew in half an hour or less. A one-pot meal can save you time and energy spent preparing ingredients and using a number of pots and pans.
Colds can linger, making you feel sluggish, tired and unable to function as normal. If you are looking for easy ways to feel energized, get back to basics by making sure you have lots of rest, by cutting out non-essential activities and by watching your diet. Proper attention to these basics can make your feel better about yourself when you have a cold.