Developing a cold is awful enough but when you HAVE to go into work it can be awful. Thankfully most work places are encouraging the sick to stay home but not all. Also, maybe you work from home and you have no excuse to not be productive. How can we keep ourselves still pumping out work while ailing the common cold?


1. Portable Humidifier

You know that feeling when you are trying to breathe in the air but it is so dry your nose and throat feel they are burning? Dry air is a common result of the common cold. Whether you are going to work or work from home this portable USB humidifer is just what you need at your desk to keep fresh air flowing.

2. Mint Anything

Anything. Take a quick bath with spearmint epsom salts if you work from home. Put diluted peppermint essential oils on your wrist at work. Put some drops on your clothes. Sip on peppermint tea. Peppermint is a natural option and helps wonderfully with decongestion. Mint is a stronger oil so it will help open your nasal passage right up.



3. Rest When You Can

“Yeah, I’ll get right on that.” I know, I know but when you can, find time to rest. Even on your lunch break rather than filling your belly with a huge meal snack on some crackers and go lay down in your car, office, or anywhere you can.


4. Don’t Use Tissues

Rather than scuff up your sensitive nose using tissue after tissue go to the bathroom and blow out your nose. This helps get more snot out without redenning your nose because we all know this is one of the worst things when getting a cold. The aftermath of tissupocalypse.


5. Use Makeup To Your Advantage

Do not do your normal makeup routine. Try not using black eyeliner as it will smear easily. Also, apply eye gel for eye & face puffiness. Using a great primer will help keep everything in place.


6. Cut These Foods

While you are sick cut out most of these foods. There are all mucous building foods and may not help your process. “These items carry protein molecules called casein that increases secretions of mucus and is difficult to digest. Along with milk products, caffeine, sugar, salt, non- herbal teas, (especially black tea), all create excess mucus. Soy is one of the most mucus making plant foods there is.” – Native Remedies


7. Keep Yourself Warm

Keeping warm has magical powers. Usually with a cold we do not develop fevers so we will stay at a pretty normal body temperature which means that through winter more than likely you are freezing. Where extra layers to work, bring a blanket, wear a thicker sweater, or use a large scarf to keep you warm.


8. Take A Shot of Apple Cider Vinegar

It’s hell but it works. Right as you feel your cold is coming on or your throat starts to ache just do it. If you are not able to stomach that then add apple juice or orange juice to get it down. If I know I will be home during my cold I ride it out but if I have plans I take a shot of ACV. I believe it works better than most medicines.


The best thing you can do in these situatuions is obviously stay home or talk with your superior and see if you can work from home. 

Sarah Betty is creator & owner of The TopKnot Life an online resource for the getting-stuff-done women who don't have the time or energy to research. She is the mother who does better research than the FBI.


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