Five Tips to Get Rid of that Cold

It’s that time of the year, the one where the weather is indecisive on whether it’s autumn or winter. The breeze is chillier and your small leather jacket is no longer doing the job. It’s the time where you realize you spent too much time binging Stranger Things, and have to start those assignments you’ve been putting on the back burner. This means longer cram sessions, and less hours for beauty sleep. And so, you get the sniffles, the headaches, and that annoying cough.

Here are a few tips to kill that cold of yours so you can get back on your feet in time to hand in those final papers.

  1. Rest

I know this sounds like an obvious one, and I know you don’t have time for that especially in the middle of the semester, but sleep is the cure. Or at least, a step towards feeling better. If you can’t sleep, at least rest. Stay in bed and read.

  1. Healthy Diet

This includes drinking a lot of water, juices, and eating soup and clear broth. “A healthy, balanced diet including plenty of green vegetables, fruit and unconcentrated fruit juice will help this,” Dr. Robert Clarke quotes in an article by the Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/cold-how-to-get-rid-treatment-fo...). I mean, isn’t there a saying that goes “we are what we eat?”

  1. Sweat it Out

You may or may not have heard this one before. It sounds weird, I know. According to the Independent

(http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/cold-how-to-get-rid-treatment-fo...), “most cold viruses can survive only in temperatures of around 37 degrees. A fever is the body’s natural way of killing a virus.” So fighting the urge to kick off your covers might be the best way to literally kill off the cold.

  1. Tea and Honey

Non-caffeinated teas can help with fatigue and an itchy throat. A small teaspoon of honey before you go to bed can also relieve a sore throat. Pairing it up with your tea is the perfect mix for a treat before bedtime.

These are a few easy ways to relieve and help get rid of that nasty cold. The best advice I can give is listen to your body. Know that you’re tired and let yourself heal before powering through those finals. A day off never hurt anyone, it might help you get you back on your feet.