Bash That Cold

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I often pride myself in really listening to my body; listening to when it isn’t feeling well; listening to when it asks for rest or extra sleep; listening to when it can (and wants to) push further; listening to it’s needs in terms of nourishment (whether that be more or less of something); in general, just listening.

And along with all of that, I pride myself on eating well and just in-general, taking care of my body.  I’m thankful for it and try my best to treat it well.

So when I started feeling like something was coming on a couple weeks ago, I allowed my body the sleep it was asking for (or rather demanding when I’d fall asleep at 8pm).  When that didn’t seem to be enough, I added some extra rest and restorative yoga.  And when I woke up Saturday morning, feeling less than stellar, I knew I needed to postpone my long run.

We’re in the season of colds and I’ve been reading many blogs where someone has mentioned they’re starting to feel a cold coming on.  Well, so am I and I’m really hoping to nip it in the bud.  And because I want to make sure you stay healthy as well, here are a few of my tips for tackling a cold:

-Drink LOTS of water.  You hear this all the time, but that’s because it’s true – drink water!

-I up my Vitamin C intake through Emergen-C, and a multitude of juices and teas.

-Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.  Especially if you’re around other people running errands or at work.  (If you’re really sick, stay home!)

-Give your body rest! Sleep more and cut out exercise, especially high-intensity exercise.  Sometimes I enjoy some restorative yoga when I’m feeling up for it because it helps my body relax.

-Eat more soup and cut out sugar.

Disclaimer: Please remember, I am not a doctor and if you’re sick, it’s always best to listen to your body and call your doctor for medical advice.

And since it’s November, let’s not forget to be thankful.

The devastation left from Sandy has been absolutely unreal.  The pictures of New Jersey and Staten Island have been unreal and devastating.

I lived in New Jersey right outside NYC for two years after college and have many friends in the area.  And today, I am thankful that while some are busy cleaning up their homes, their families’ homes, and their neighbor’s homes, they are all safe.

What are your tips or tricks for fighting off a cold before it starts?

What are you thankful for today?

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