It happens to almost all of us – flu season comes around and wham – you’re laid low with some super nasty bug that turns you into a snarfy, coughing, fevered mess.

It’s just part of the human experience, but naturally you want to feel better as soon as possible. Aside from seeking medical attention, are there things you can do to speed up your recovery?

Yes, there are some things with little downside that can help put the pep back in your step. Here’s a list of ideas to keep in mind:

  • Sleep – letting your body rest is paramount – even if it means getting in bed super early like around 7 p.m. and letting yourself sleep in as long as possible to let the body repair itself.

  • Bone Broth – many cultures turn to chicken soup as a natural remedy for fighting viruses and germs. It helps bolster the immune system, especially if you add some turmeric, garlic or ginger.

  • Hot Bath – you won’t have much energy for running around, but sinking into a nice hot bath will feel super soothing. Throwing in some Epsom salts or essential oils will give your bath added healing powers.

  • Drink Fluids – Lots of water and hot tea, especially ginger tea will help your immune system fight off the invaders.

  • Tactile Comforts – learning to care for yourself just as you would someone you love is a healthy habit to adopt in life. Setting up a restful area for yourself with a box of tissues, fuzzy blanket and stack of DVDs is a great way to self-comfort when you’re not feeling well.

  • Time Out – don’t make important decisions or have important conversations when you feel lousy. Disconnect from your electronics as much as possible and postpone the things you can to take pressure off your shoulders if you can. You don’t want to damage relationships because you were exhausted and crabby.

  • Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin is a good friend to all your cells, especially when you’re under the weather.

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Barbara Wayman, APR

Author of Living An Extraordinary Life – 9 Transformational Strategies To Live Your Best Life Now