24 November 2014

Under the Weather


This past week I've been feeling a bit under the weather. I don't know how I came down with this cold. It may have been the round of golf I played with the wrong shoes and ended up with wet feet at the 7th hole, or the cooler temperature and lack of proper dressing, or I may have have caught it off a friend - no grudge held! Whatever the case, I caught something bad. My throat was like sandpaper, my nose was constantly running (see used tissues above) and I had this foggy headache that wouldn't lift. The medicine and drugs are so different here in Ireland that I had a difficult time finding ones were as effective as the ones back in Canada. So, along with some medication, I reverted back to using old wives' tales tricks to help me heal.

  1. Salt water gargling is always the first thing I do when my throat starts to feel scratchy. I dilute about 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 4 tablespoons of hot water and gargle three times a day, once in the morning, once before dinner time and once more before bed. It taste gross but I swear by it!
  2. Steam of any kind is great for unclogging blocked sinuses. Be it a steamy hot shover or steam straight from the kettle. I like to stick my head over the open kettle head and breath in the steam for a couple of minutes. It always works wonders. If you have access to a sauna, that works best.
  3. Physical activity is another great way of unclogging a blocked nose and sweating out the cold. It may be hard to get out of bed and off the couch but I've found that a little bit of gentle physical activity and fresh air can work wonders. I went for a walk along the coast for some fresh sea air over the weekend and I felt so much better afterwards. Alternatively, a bit of yoga specifically designed for when you're feeling a bit under the weather is a great form of gentle exercise. I recommend Yoga with Adriene's Yoga For When You Are Sick video. It's the best one of the kind I've found yet.
  4. Chicken noodle soup is so comforting especially when you're sick. It's really a no brainer. 
  5. Hydration is the absolute key when you're sick. Drinking lots of liquids will help in so many ways. It's easy to forget but essential not to. Water can be kind of boring sometimes so green tea is a great substitute. If I'm not in the mood for any caffeine I'll drink some herbal teas, mint and lemon herbal teas are my favourites. 
*Disclaimer: These are just some of the non-medical remedies that I personally use. Of course, the best thing to do is always to consult a pharmacist or doctor for the best course of action. They are the specialists. Everyone is different and these remedies may not work for you as they did for me. 

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