Well, cold and flu season is nearly upon us. And we all know how tough it is to see our little ones not feeling well. It is such a helpless feeling, as most parents would switch places with their sick kiddo in a heartbeat to make them feel better. And it’s especially tough when you are a sick mommy! But there are a few things that have helped me get through those times, and I wanted to share them with you.
1. I ask for help. For me, that is huge, because I don’t like to ask for help very often. It is really a pride issue for me, because I feel like if someone has to help me that means that I’m incapable of being a mom. But that isn’t true. Some days, you just can’t do it all on your own. If it’s a family member or trusted babysitter, I will ask them to take the baby to their house for the night so I can rest. Rest is vital to recovery when you are ill, so the more rest you can get, the better.
2. I use a ton of hand sanitizer. Typically, I catch an illness from my children, but in the event that I got it first, I am sure to use a lot of hand sanitizer and disinfecting sprays in the house. The only thing harder than being sick when you’re a mom is to be sick at the exact same time that your kids are sick! Washing hands is super important too. You don’t want to spread those germs.
3. I go by the advice I’ve learned from family members. My mother-in-law swears by apple cider vinegar. She says it balances your PH. I’ll warn you now: It tastes terrible! I usually mix a couple tablespoons with a glass of grape juice so I can stomach it as it goes down. I’m not sure if it helps or not, but it definitely doesn’t hurt. I’ve also gargled warm salt water at my Nana’s advice when I have had a throat infection, and it feels like it heals quicker. My future sister-in-law swears by garlic being good when you have a cold. And my friend’s mom uses Mentholatum on the soles of her feet covered by socks when she sleeps. She says it’s supposed to pull the toxins out of your body.
4. I use food to help me heal quicker and feel better. Eating antioxidant-rich foods, such as blueberries or blackberries, helps me to feel better sooner. It gives my body the nutrients it needs to fight off infection. If I have a cold, any broth really helps to clear out some of my nasal congestion. The same goes for warm tea. I also love warm chamomile tea with honey at night to help me sleep peacefully. Peppermint helps me soothe an upset tummy, and coconut water is great for hydration and electrolyte replenishment.
5. I don’t stress myself out about chores. The dishes will wait for you, I promise! So will the laundry. And maybe you’ll get lucky and your spouse will do them for you!
6. When my boys get sick, I do my best to keep them home and let them rest all day. I don’t take them out of the house for activities, even if they perk up in the afternoon. If we get them too overworked and excited, then their bodies start to work against them again, and by the evening they are feeling worse than they were that morning.
Cold season and flu season are quickly approaching, and there is only so much you can do to avoid getting sick. The most important thing is to simply try to make life easier when the sickness strikes. I hope this list will help you to maintain some sanity and get some rest this year!