Bouncing Back from a Cold: 4 Things To Do Today (and 1 Surprising Thing You Shouldn't)

Bouncing Back from a Cold: 4 Things To Do Today (and 1 Surprising Thing You Shouldn't)

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Jennifer Hunter
Oct 30, 2014
(Image credit: Carolyn Purnell)

If you've been sidelined with a cold or the flu and you're finally (finally!) feeling better, then you just want to get your home back to normal asap. Bookmark this advice to make sure that when your brain is coming out of a cold coma, you'll remember to do (or not do) these things.

DO THIS:

Change the sheets — Sweaty sick-day sheets will NOT help you feel better. A fresh set will feel like a new start and help you get the rest you need to fully recover.

Do a quick whirlwind clean — Somehow when you're sick, your home seems to fall into disarray even faster than usual. What with the kleenex boxes, the juice glasses and all the other odds and ends you just don't have the energy to deal with. So take 10 minutes and clear your surfaces and sink so you feel like you have some control over your environment again.

Disinfect shared items — Do the other members of your household a favor and deal with your germs yourself so their chances of catching your cold are (slightly) lessened. Start with things that have been in heavy rotation like the TV remote (if you were camped out on the couch) and think about things that everyone touches like light switches or refrigerator handles.

Restock medicine — You've probably plowed through quite a bit of your stockpile during your downtime so hit the drugstore and restock. Even though you don't want to even think about being sick again, it never hurts to be prepared.

DON'T BOTHER:

Replacing your toothbrush — Turns out, this common advice is actually bogus. Even though a toothbrush can hang on to germs, since you're the only one using your toothbrush and you've just built up an immunity, those germs can't re-infect you with a sickness you just had. If it's time to replace your toothbrush anyway, then go ahead, but you don't have to.

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