5 Quick Tips to Cure the Mid-Semester Cold

Yes, that’s right. I’ve done it. I have found the cure to the common cold.

….Just kidding. But right about now in the semester I sure wish there was a cure because I have a nasty one. The super unfortunate thing is how my cold lines up perfectly with a midterm…or three. When I’m trying to study but all I can think about is how crappy I feel, the only thing I want to do is curl up in a ball and lay in bed (and sometimes I do). There are a few trusty tips I follow to help me push through the inconvenient timing of this cold.

So, here’s how to improve your sniffling nose this March.

1. Humidifier/Oil Diffuser

One of the worst things about being sick is the feeling of being sucked dry of any moisture. You can’t breathe, your nose feels like a flaky desert, and your mouth gets so dry. Humidifiers and oil diffusers are my secret. You can keep them on all night and wake up in an oasis instead of the barren Sahara. Add a few drops of moisturizing lavender or sinus-clearing peppermint oil and you will awaken a new woman.

2. DayQuil/NyQuil

Tastes awful, works wonders. NyQuil is my savior when I have the aches and can’t sleep. DayQuil is my rescue when I can barely drag myself out of bed. They can be expensive, but are so worth the investment and make all the difference.​

3. H20

With a cold, I, unfortunately, become a mouth-breather. My nose gets all stuffed up, so I don’t have much of a choice. My mouth becomes so dry and water becomes my best friend. I always carry a water bottle around with me, and when I have a cold I am extra aware to keep it filled. I have to pee constantly, but it makes me feel so much better and keeps away the über dryness that comes with having a cold.

4. Sip some tea!

Add you need is some hot water and tea bags (my fave is Yogi, and they have a cold season tea!). Squeeze some lemon in there or add a few mint leaves and you will be feeling better in no time. It will clear your sinuses and add some Hygge into your life, which everybody could use a bit of.​

5. Get some sleep!

It’s midterm season. Getting that full eight hours seems impossible with so much to do. But you will reap the benefits. It will help you do better on that test and help you get over that cold quicker. This is great tip for life, not just for when you’re sick.​

Nobody likes a sick person sitting in the next desk. Do yourself and everyone around you a favor by following these tips to you can get back to stu(dying)!

Take care of yourself!

 

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