Morning everyone! Now most of you know by now (since I've been whining about it every 5 seconds on Twitter), that I'm currently dying with the flu. I'm one of those people that tends to get a flu the minute Winter kicks in, every single year. I find that flu's are like hangovers; everyone has their own personal cures and what works best for them. Over the last few years, I've tried every medicine and trick in the book and it's safe to say I've definitely got my own personal ways to conquer the bug! I'm currently writing this post at my Nana's kitchen table, sipping on Lemsip with a Mount Everest-sized pile of tissues piling up beside me. My nose is luminous red, and it's safe to say I'm not looking my best - at all. I know half of Ireland is currently suffering with this flu, so I thought it might be interesting/ handy to some if I shared my tips on how to get rid of it, or make it less irritating should I say..
- Lemsip is a god-send during times of flu and sickness, it's a global fact. Those little sachets of magic will soothe and help battle your flu within days. I personally love the Lemon flavour, and dislike the Blackcurrant one quite a bit (usually the opposite for people). To add an extra bit o' sweetness to the drink, I add a teaspoon of Manuka honey to the drink. Manuka honey has a bazillion health benefits, it will sweeten the taste and will also soothe your throat if you've a chesty cough (you can use any honey really, but Manuka will give the Lemsip an extra boost)! Be careful not to O.D on Lemsip by the way, as I tend to get hooked on the stuff after a day or two..
- Sleep, sleep, sleep! Sleep is your best friend during a flu, it's the only thing I find that works 100% for me. If you have jobs/ other commitments to attend to outside of your house, this is obviously not the better option for you - head to bed an hour earlier than usual, and completely relax on your day off or at the weekend. Sleep with an extra pillow also, so that your raised slightly - the mucus won't clog your nose/ throat (beautiful imagery), and will stay down and not choke you in your sleep.
- Keep hydrated, drink lots and lots of water. Water is great, it's the bee-knees. I drink at least 3-4 pints a day, and drink even more of it when I'm sick. Flu's dehydrate most people, and you'll find both your skin and lips will suffer the most with this. Keep a glass of water handy at all times, along with a moisturising lip balm and skin moisturiser.
- One of the worst things about a flu are colds; I cannot stand sneezing every 5 seconds and waking up with a chapped nose after a day or two. My nose is currently red-raw, terribly sore and bright red in colour. I've slapped on some perfume-free moisturiser to help with this, but it comes off the minute you blow your nose 2 seconds later! Use extra-soft tissues, and do not go near kitchen roll and toilet paper (we all do it). It will irritate your skin completely. Moisturise the skin continuously, and don't pick at any flaky bits of skin! Ow, ow, ow.
- One of the oldest tricks in the book, is to clear your sinuses with Olbas oil or Vicks. I apply a few drop of Olbas oil on to my pillow at night, along with a few drops on my tissues and in my bath water. (You can buy tissues with Olbas oil already on them, but they tend to cost a bit extra.) There's nothing worse than a clogged head, and Olbas oil clears the head immediately!
- This is a no-brainer, but wrap up extra-extra warm! I'm talking about thermal vests, ski socks and proper Winter coats; nobody wants to get rid of a flu, and have another one come back a week later!
- Whip out your favourite boxset, put on a pair of cosy socks and eat as much chocolate as you like. Obviously.
What are your flu-busting tricks and tips?