Little One (LO) and I are finally getting over the last bit of our cold. It's been a monster busy week; my 19 year old cousin from Osaka came down a few days ago to visit. She is here to practice her English and it is a great way for me to put my ESL skills to work! And on top of family coming to visit, my husband decided to host our first BBQ at our new home. So as you can imagine, with all these extra items in LO’s and my schedule, we have felt quite run down.
There is a pros and cons list to everything, but there really isn't anything good about being sick. It’s a complete inconvenience to anyone's life. As a new mother, when I’m sick, nobody takes care of me or makes sure errands and house cleaning are done. It's not like when I was ten and my own mother would make me her infamous onion and garlic soup and ginger tea to make me feel better. And with a brand new blog to maintain and a 14 month toddler, I couldn't go too long without tending to both of those things. Here are a few things I do to keep myself energized during the times when my immune system is feeling a little low.
Steam Bath for LO
Unless my husband is home, having my own peaceful bath is a rare occasion in this house. However there are other ways you can relieve your stuffy nose and still feel a little rejuvenated. I run the shower water extra to get as much steam as I can in our bathroom. Usually around this time, LO and I will practice brushing our teeth. Once there is a ton of steam, set a bath to the correct temp for LO, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Peppermint has a natural way of waking up your senses, so I usually add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to LO bath. While you let LO play and bathe in his bath a little extra longer, enjoy peppermint scented steam, this not only will alert you, but also clear up a stuffy nose.
Green Tea Energized!
Green tea is extremely good for you. I cannot rave how much of a benefit green tea is on your health. Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and many other incredible benefits. It is also caffeinated, so it's a great healthy alternative to coffee. I will drink 10-15 cups of this and this is my secret weapon to aiding to my fuel to last for the day. Added benefit? It will help your body get over your cold faster!
When I was working full time and taking care of LO, there was absolutely no way I could fit in a nap in my schedule. N to the O. Being a full time professional blogger and taking care of LO hasn't gotten better. But when I'm feeling run down, I find it a necessity in taking a fifteen minute power nap. So when LO is down for his nap, I force myself to take a rest moment no matter how much is piling up on your to-do list. Why? Not only will you feel a hundred times better afterwards, but you will be more efficient and will make fewer mistakes. It’s already enough that you're not on top of your game with your cold, but as the day goes on you make more mistakes and more errors creating MORE work and that is absolutely something you do not want to do.
Fifteen minutes of Vitamin D
If it’s sunny out take advantage of the free vitamin d! Fifteen minutes is all you need to charge up your batteries again. Upping your vitamin D levels may help boost your immune system and fend off the common cold which is a double benefit.
So let’s say you are overdue for a cleaning yourself, instead of drawing a bath for LO, take a shower together. You obviously cannot make it extremely hot since LO will be in with you but it can still get steamy. There is usually enough room in there for me and LO in his bumbo. He's happy with playing with his bath toys on his tray. Something about coming out of a shower fresh and clean rejuvenates me and makes me feel alert and somehow, it kind of feels like for a moment I have “cleaned” off the cold. To relieve any stuffiness, you can make your own homemade Vicks discs to use in the shower (a future how-to post in the making).
Add Essential Oils to your Environment
As I had mentioned earlier, peppermint naturally awaken your senses no matter how low your body feels. To give myself an extra energy boost, I'll add about ten drops of peppermint and ten drops of eucalyptus essential oils to my scentsy warmer to give my house the refreshing smell I need. Don't forget to add a little olive oil or vegetable oil to blend with your essential oil so it’s not too strong and doesn’t burn too quickly. This combo will last me the day.
Do you have any tips on how to stay energized when your body is battling a cold? Email me and I'll share your ideas with my readers!