Five Ways to Recover From a Cold and Ideas for What You Can Do While in Bed

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Being sick is the worst. When you’re truly sick you can’t be bothered to do anything other than just lay in bed all day. But, let’s focus on the positive. If you have a cold, it’s the perfect time to pamper yourself. Let your body get the rest it needs, so you can recover quickly. Read on for five ways to recover from a cold and ideas for what you can do in bed.

how to feel better when you're sick

how to feel better when you're sick

Set Up Your Headquarters

If you’re going to spend most of your day in bed, you might as well have everything you want at your fingertips. It’s time to stream a show you likely wouldn’t admit to anyone you actually watch. For me it’s Scandal. Is anyone still watching it? A stack of magazines, tissues, and of course my phone, as well as comfy PJs, extra pillows and blankets makes me feel cozy and happy in bed.

Get on a Medicinal Schedule

It may sound silly, but to recover quickly you have to start by taking the right medicine. Depending on what kind of cold I have, I usually turn to Theraflu, a powerful relief without a prescription. It also tackles a multitude of symptoms, like sore throat, congestion, fever and cough. I also usually have TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Day/Night in my sick day kit. It is the #1 doctor recommended pain relief brand, so having it in my home is a must. To feel better as soon as possible, it’s important to read the instructions and to not mix medications.

Liquid Diet & Chicken Soup for the Soul

I know I’m really sick if I don’t even want to indulge in a slice of pizza. So to keep my body energized enough to fight my sickness I drink a lot of tea. I think it’s a Russian thing, but as soon as anyone in my family gets a cold, we serve them tea with lemon non-stop. Have you heard of Lipton’s new wellness range of herbal supplements, boosted with botanicals? It’s a unique combination of 3 botanicals, blended with essential oils. To avoid a caffeine buzz, I like to sip on Bedtime Bliss. Which is chamomile, mint, orange peels and is caffeine free.

Of course, growing up with my grandmom I always got homemade chicken soup. Now that I’m the mom of the house, I opt for Campbell’s® chicken noodle soup, because it warms me right up, and it delicious. Especially with a few Premium Crackers.

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Grooming Rituals

If I’m stuck in bed, I might as well pluck some unwanted hair, give myself a foot massage, do my nails, maybe try a facemask, or an eye mask. Something about pampering myself on the outside helps not only pass the time in bed, but also makes me feel productive, while lounging around.

Let it Be

You’re sick, and most likely the world won’t end. Emails, projects, babies will all be taken cared of while you recover. I feel strongly that if you don’t allow your body the rest it needs when you first feel the symptoms of a cold, your sickness will last longer. Stop. Let your body and mind rest and focus on recovering instead of the world around you!

It’s also a good idea to let someone help. Maybe it’s making a list, so they can get everything you need at a Kroger store. Maybe it’s letting your husband figure out dinner, and baby stuff, and maybe it’s letting housework, work work and other issues lay to the side. Because if we don’t have our health back, we’re pretty useless, and unhappy.

Stay well friends,



Campbell’s® – © 2018 CSC LP Lipton – © 2018 Unilever Theraflu – Read and follow label directions. Theraflu is for use in adults 12 years and older. Use products only as directed. TYLENOL® – ® Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017. Use products only as directed. The makers of TYLENOL® remind you to use only one medicine with acetaminophen at a time.

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  • Reply Charissa | January 16, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Let it be! Yes!! Sometimes I just have to accept that I’m sick, not fight against it and rest!!!

  • Reply Joanna Clute January 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    If I’m sick enough to be stuck in bed, I always alert clients, companies, etc. Then, I just let it be, like you said. Stress will not do me any favors.

  • Reply Sharon Chen January 16, 2018 at 6:01 AM

    Recovery is really depending on how much you rest. I love the last part about letting it be. Thanks for the tips, too!

  • Reply Francesca January 15, 2018 at 7:57 PM

    So many great tips! Especially for this time of year!

  • Reply Angela Kim January 15, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    I was sick recently so I can relate. I like the idea of just letting things be – this seems to be the hardest for mothers!

  • Reply Arin January 15, 2018 at 6:34 PM

    I can tell I am coming down with something and am going to be glad I read this post!!

  • Reply Jennifer January 15, 2018 at 6:31 PM

    The winter weather and crud is ruthless. We have all been sick off and on all season. Will definitely try these out

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