The initial signs of a cold are usually:
- decreased appetite
- dry mucous membranes
- dry or raw sore throat
- Changes in temperature (chills, hotspells, or both)
If you have 3/8 of the above symptoms, chances are you are fighting a bug–most likely viral. For some reason, our culture here is to “fight through it,” but we are only lining ourselves up for more suffering. By continuing to deplete ourselves, we increase the:
- duration of the cold
- the severity of symptoms
- the likelihood of a secondary bacterial infection that may require antibiotics (and the subsequent side effects thereof….ahem, yeast infections…)
If you actively enlist your tools to reduce vata, you may be able to “nip it in the bud.”
That means staying home, clearing your schedule, and taking care of yourself.
Yes, I’m serious.
Stay home. Clear your schedule. Take care of yourself = recover faster, spread less germs, suffer less. 🙂