After your coworker gets sick, you have washed your hands– a lot!– sprayed Lysol on the copy machine and doorknobs at work, and taken your vitamins. But WHAM! you still come down with Lucy’s winter cold.
While you are fighting that nasty head cold or rumbling cough, here are 4 things you can do to cooperate with your own body and help it run its course sooner rather than later.
1. Eat lightly. Naturally, your body is going to dial back appetite, presumably to conserve energy and body heat to fight the cold. Do drink plenty of liquids (water, water, water!) to thin mucus.
2. Snooze, sleep, doze. Immune system chemicals called cytokines may make you sleepier than usual so don’t fight it. Why not use paper plates so you don’t have to do dishes tonight and get to bed extra early? Sleep as much as possible so your body can use as much energy as possible fighting the invaders in your body.
3. Relax, baby, relax. Researchers feel people with elevated stress levels release more immune system chemicals that cause inflammation and have more severe symptoms during colds. So read that joke book, meditate on happy things or pray, and allow yourself to put off stressful deadlines, confrontation, stressful tasks or too much work.
4. Avoid intense workouts. If you have a head cold, moderate activity like a 30 minute stroll might be beneficial but if you have a sore throat or a respiratory cold involving the lungs, then keep to the easy chair and bed. With any type of cold, it’s best to avoid the gym for weight lifting or those intense cardio workouts that get your blood pulsing. You can resume the intense workouts after you are feeling better.
We laughed when we saw the woman in this cartoon who probably needed a lot of “touch” to feel loved. That’s because we have read the book “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. Chapman says each person has a “love language” that speaks to him or her and says “I care about you” or “I love you.” What are the 5 languages? Gifts. Acts of Service. Quality Time. Words of Affirmation. Touch. First, realize that getting gifts may make you feel loved, but it may not mean a thing to your loved one if one of the other languages expresses love in his or her mind.
What is her "Love Language?"
Think about it… When Uncle Ned comes up and gives you a bear hug, do you feel loved? When Dad spends time alone without the TV (real Quality Time) talking with you one on one, does that relate to you that he really cares about you?
Maybe you don’t care whether you receive Christmas or birthday gifts, but gifts mean the world to a daughter or son. When a person’s love language is GIFTS, they may be telling you they “speak” this language by buying you little things all the time. They are “speaking” their love language with actions. You, of course can recognize this. Even if gifts don’t mean much to you, you can “speak” love back to them by giving them little trinkets or wrapped items at all times of the year. And remember, gifts don’t have to be expensive—it is the thought behind it. The other languages, Touch, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time or Acts of Service, are even easier on the budget.
Ask your spouse, your best friend, your children this question today: Which of these 5 “languages” means “I love you” to you? Watch for those love languages and begin to “speak” the language that says, “I care.” It may change your world.
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