Surviving the Flu

The flu always comes when you least expect it and that is exactly the case recently when I battled it as I was trying to care for my kids. Taking care of children takes a lot of energy even when you’re healthy, so imagine how depleted my vitals were with the flu looming over me. At any rate, I knew that I could not just stop everything and give in to these symptoms, so I battled tooth and nail to recover and get back to 100% health.


Surviving the flu involves a lot of coughing, sore throat, congestion of the nose, chills, and overall aches, and even more. Luckily, there are plenty of home remedies you can use to alleviate some of these symptoms, but just like with everything, some of them work better than others. In fact, I would say that some work and some do not for certain people. The following are just some of the natural ways you can heal your body of symptoms that are mild to the moderate.


Drink the Flu Away

If you are feeling thirsty, then you are already dehydrated, so when you are suffering from flu symptoms, you must drink as much as possible, especially if you have a case of diarrhea or are vomiting. It is so important to drink enough fluids as you can, even if it is only water. Fruit juices and fluids packed with electrolytes are great to drink up as well. You should ideally stay away from caffeinated drinks since they are a diuretic.


Tea with honey is also great for soothing a sore throat and if you are feeling nauseous, just remember to take small sips of water so you won’t throw up. To check to find out if you are getting enough fluids, check to see if your urine is next colorless. If not, you should be drinking, even more, fluids throughout the day. Word of advice? Avoid alcohol because it will not help you out at ALL when you have the flu. Trust me!


Soup Soup Soup!

It’s true and your grandmother was right – eating chicken noodle soup to alleviate flu symptoms actually does work, even studies have proven it can help with flu and respiratory tract infections. It is not just clinically proven, but emotionally, you will feel better too. If you end up eating only a few bites, that’s better than none at all.


Embrace the Couch

This is where it gets tricky. I have the flu but I also have to take care of my kids, but my body is clearly telling me to rest. It is so important to listen to the body and if you have been exercising, this is the best time to take a break and allow your body to recuperate. Don’t even worry about the chores as much if you can. Support your body in times like these; don’t fight against your health. At the end of the day, I made the decision, just as you will, to be better by treating myself better in every way to improve my health and rid my body of the flu.

Dealing with Boogers

There’s no rhyme or reason to why children incessantly pick their nose; they simply do. How you deal with it will determine how the habit is eventually broken. I have had plenty of struggles attempting to stop my son from picking his nose. Of course, it took lots of patience and even a bit of coaxing, but eventually, I got him to break the habit and it has saved us both from a few additional embarrassing moments.


Every parent has their own tried and true methods for getting his kids to stop this habit, but I know that for me, I could not use all of the ones that were suggested to me as they simply did not work. I remember once when I was sewing clothes for my son and he came into the room and began to use fabric to play with his nose. Not only was it disgusting, but I had to stop everything and preach to him about the virtues of good manners.


There are many people out there that consider it a nervous habit but I don’t consider it similar to hair twisting, nail biting, thumb sucking, or even grinding the teeth. It has nothing to do with nerves and anxiety most times. I’ve found that kids often times dig in their nose because there’s something in it or they are agitated with something lodged inside of it and want it out as soon as possible. At least that was the case with my son.


The majority of kids that incessantly pick their nose usually have allergies because of the heavy mucus flow and that was what my son was sometimes suffering from. Still, I told him there was a way to be in the nose without being filthy and displaying bad manners. Slowly but surely, he began to get the picture.


What can you do about nose picking? Well, there’s lots you can do, especially if you want to cut down on germs since children are known as huge carriers of germs in homes. Germs on the fingers can easily be transmitted to other surfaces in the house and that can lead to flu and cold symptoms. That’s more of something I don’t need and so I have employed a few tactics to ensure our house stays as germ-free as possible. They include:


Staying Hydrated

Dryer climates can dry out my son’s nasal passages, which means he is more inclined to pick his nose. Therefore, I ensure that he has access to lots of fluids throughout the day to combat this problem. Even saline sprays can do the trick when I am in a pinch.


Washing Hands

I have gotten to the point where I make my son wash his hands every time he comes into the house to reduce the germs that are coming inside from outdoors. What I definitely don’t need are sick children running around the house and exposing us all to more germs. Besides, it only takes a few minutes and it’s just good for the household at large.