1. HAND SANITISER IS YOUR BEST FRIEND.
2. THE BEST DEFENCE IS A GOOD...DEFENCE?So, the worst has happened; you can feel your throat getting scratchy, your sinuses are swollen, that last cough sounded a touch too 'chesty'. There's still hope! My assistant manager at work recommended First Defence by Vicks, which is this handy little nasal spray (eww, I know), which kills the virus setting up camp in your body before it has a chance to do any damage. Sounds too good to be true, but it actually works (unless your boyfriend nearly chokes on it...but that's a story for a different day). Pair it with some Tiger Balm before bed (think Vapour Rub, with a nicer smell), and you just might wake up cold and flu free.
3. WHEN THE WORST HAS HAPPENED...So, despite all your best efforts, you're ill. Keep using the nasal spray and balm, grab yourself some Night Nurse, and keep hydrated! Drink as much water as you can stomach, but if you need something with a bit of flavour, sugary drinks like Lucozade can be a good idea, especially when you're struggling to eat. And, if you're feeling sick, ginger beer or ginger ale should settle your stomach nicely. Aside from that, my personal recommendation would be chain-watching a new series on Netflix, or playing video games that involve lots of mindless shooting - good for blowing off steam.
4. THE AFTERMATH.So, you've moped for a few days, wrapped up in your duvet with tissues never too far away. And then, blissfully, your sense of smell returns, along with your appetite. You can keep your eyes open for more than an hour without the need to have a disco nap...everything seems to be going well. And then you catch sight of yourself in the mirror - bloodshot eyes, dry skin, post-flu-puffy face - it's all just one big hot mess. Find yourself a good moisturising face mask - my favourite is Nuxe's 24-hour Soothing mask - and an even better eye mask (like Sephora's lotus eye mask), and you'll be as good as new by the time you have to venture out in public, I promise.
What are your top tips for avoiding (or getting over) viruses?