Be kind to yourself
With the changes in weather and daily stresses a lot of people find it harder to rest and detox. Yes I know who has the time to be sick right?!! So what happens if you do happen to get sick? I want to encourage you to be kind to yourself and not do what I use to do many years ago.
Once upon a time I would take cough suppressants, nasal sprays and anything to stop my nose from running and sneezing, so that I could keep up with my schedule. Since my uni days which is a long time ago, I have learned from amazing natural health practitioners that a cold is the body’s way of removing toxins from the body. By blocking the toxins from coming out, they will store somewhere in the body only to wreak havoc sometime later. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) terms the body is out of balance and there are different types of colds so taking a pill is not going to help as you may be taking the wrong one for the wrong type of cold. Getting the body back into balance, releasing and allowing the toxins to flow will give your body longer term health without any side effects or build up of inflammation that may present itself in a different way later. Good support of the body with herbs and essential oils helps to naturally move toxins out and build the body up.
Here are my tips for being kind to yourself when you have a cold or flu
- Say ‘yes’ to you – reschedule your appointments. People understand, they get sick too. By honouring your body you are helping others to see that it is ok to take rest. Others will step up and do things for themselves and for you while you rest. It’s quite amazing.
- Essential oils – beautiful therapeutic oils are so helpful to calm (peace and calming), relax (lavender), destress (stress away), help you breathe (R.C), kill airborne germs (purification, thieves) and much more. After years of using essential oils my preference now is Young Living as I know my family are safe with the integrity of these oils. Learn about quality of therapeutic essential oils here. Having a diffuser next to your bed diffusing your favourite oils helps you to sleep well.
- Sleep – it is so under rated these days. When you first have the signs of a cold, just sleep for a day and you may save it from developing into something worse. Most people stay home and keep working while they are sick. Just sleep for a few days and be kind to yourself without feeling guilty. Your energy will come back faster and you will reap the benefits of a stronger immune system. Resting the mind and staying away from technology will help you your mind to slow down and become more creative as well.
5. Nourish with warm foods and drink – My TCM practitioner suggests to lots of warm water. Cold water can interfere with digestion and isn’t beneficial to the body recovering.
- Drink water that is the same temperature as the body so it doesn’t have to exert any energy to warm up the water. Try this healing drink to help you if you struggle with drinking water or you may like this one infused with essential oils, Magic Immune Uplift.
- Avoid eating salads or cold foods, fried foods, dairy or wheat products while recovering as they produce lots of phlegm.
- Eat simply like broths and warm foods. Do you remember grandma’s chicken soup? That is a great remedy as the broth is full of nutrients to heal the gut. Here’s how to make it – chicken bone broth. Warm, healing and non phlegm producing foods allow your body to heal faster. It’s ok if you don’t feel like eating as well. Just keep up the fluids to wash the toxins out. As you allow your body to rest, you allow it to do what it needs to do.
Warming comfort food for the soul