There are no vaccines or antibiotics, and it’s not just the cold that’s getting worse.
You also have flu season, which begins in October.
Here are the best ways to combat the illness and make your home and loved ones more comfortable.
It’s the only way to avoid colds and flu.
People are not as healthy when they sleep as they are when they are awake.
It may be the only thing that helps you keep a sense of self-worth.
If you can’t get a good night’s sleep, try to take a few minutes to get your mind off the misery around you.
Get some sleep.
People with the flu or the flu season are less likely to feel well.
The same is true for the flu.
You need a good 8-10 hours of sleep per night to feel better.
If your partner doesn’t get enough sleep, you might want to get some help with the cold.
Take the stairs.
There’s no need to get up every time you walk, as you’ll be much healthier in the morning.
But don’t just sit down and stare at the ceiling when you get back.
You’ll have less time for your body to recover and your mind will be calmer.
Drink plenty of water.
Drinking plenty of fluids can help reduce the flu symptoms and get you through your flu season.
It can also help with your cough and runny nose.
If the flu doesn’t seem to be a concern, take a walk around the neighbourhood, go for a run, take part in a game or other physical activity.
Avoid social media.
You may be feeling better when you go online, but you’ll want to limit the amount of information you post and keep the rest of your social networks to a minimum.
Try to be more active at home.
The flu can get you to work or school, so you should be at home most of the time.
But the sooner you get up the better.
Try going for a walk, walking in the park or even sitting in the garden.
Talk to your doctor.
If a flu vaccine doesn’t work, talk to your GP about a prescription.
Some doctors may prescribe you a flu shot, but they may not be the best option.
Use an antibiotic.
Antibiotics are the life-saving medicine of choice.
They can help you to get better, but there’s a risk they could cause side effects.
It might be better to get a cold and flu vaccine as soon as possible and then follow up with a prescription if you notice that it doesn’t help.
If it’s a cold or flu season you might be feeling particularly lethargic, you can eat a lot of nutritious foods to get through it.
But you should avoid alcohol, which is a high-risk alcohol.
Try not to be stressed.
If things aren’t going well, try not to stress yourself out.
There are ways to relax and feel less anxious.
If all that doesn’t do the trick, you should talk to a doctor about other ways to keep you healthy.
Get more exercise.
If that’s not an option, there are other ways you can exercise, such as swimming, yoga or weight training.
But if you’re feeling lethargous, you may want to try exercising with a kettlebell or a weightlifting machine.
Talk about your symptoms with your doctor or nurse.
If symptoms don’t seem like they’re getting better, talk about them with your health team.
They might be able to help you manage the illness a bit better.
Stay in touch with your GP.
The GP can check up on you to make sure you are getting the right treatment, and may prescribe medication for you.
It will also check to see if you have any allergies or other symptoms that may be interfering with your treatment.
Don’t give up.
If there are still lingering symptoms, you will have to keep going back to your usual activities.
But try to make a plan for when you can be back to work and play again.
Get the flu vaccine.
Get a flu jab from your doctor if you haven’t had it for three days.
The jab will prevent you from getting the flu if you don’t get sick enough to go to the doctor.
It is highly recommended you get the jab if you are under 65 and you’re taking antibiotics.
You can also get the vaccine online at: www.gov.ie/health-services/vaccine.
Take a flu test.
The Irish government is giving you the opportunity to get the flu test for free.
Get it online by going to: www-fbi.govt.nz/get-flu-test 18.
Talk with your family doctor.
Talking about your illness with your loved ones can help make it easier to treat. If they