It’s my favorite time of the year! While we’re celebrating and enjoying time with the family, in the back of my mind I’m thinking about what else winter brings — coughs, colds, and sniffles. So while I’m enjoying the season, I’m also doing five simple things to get ready for winter cold season!
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5 EASY WAYS TO PREPARE FOR WINTER COLDS
Winter brings a very festive time of year but also a very sneezy time of year! There are a few easy things you can do to be prepared and enjoy all that winter has to offer!
Check out the quick things I do around the house this time of year!
1. CLEAN OUT THE MEDICINE CABINET
Each year I find myself having to clean out and organize the medicine cabinet. It feels like some sort of black hole in my house. Winter is a great time of year to do it though!
I go through everything and get rid of anything expired or anything that’s almost empty. I usually end up with a ton of empty space and I’m able to make a list of what we really need to have in the cabinet to be ready for cold and flu season!
2. STOCK UP ON MUST-HAVES
Once I’ve cleaned out the medicine cabinet, I stock up on the items I know we need. There are things I find myself reaching for every year when cold season hits.
Things that make our list of must-haves include:
- Tissues, tissues, and more tissues
- Ibuprofen and acetaminophen
- Cough syrup
- Nasal spray
- Throat lozenges
We have our favorite brands for most of these and recently I had the chance to pick up the new Cool Relief Lemon Frost Drops from Ricola. I’ve used Ricola for as long as I can remember so when I spotted something new, I had to get some for our medicine cabinet this year!
The new Cool Relief Lemon Frost Drops provide Ricola’s strongest relief yet and:
- have 3x the natural menthol content of Ricola Original Natural Herb Drops
- soothe your sore throat while sending cooling sensations through nasal passages
- made with 10 herbs
- only made with natural flavorings and natural colorings
Plus, I have a weakness for anything lemon-flavored, so I’m looking forward to trying the new Cool Relief Lemon Frost Drops! I’d like to say I won’t need them this year but that never seems to happen! Cold season feels unavoidable, doesn’t it?
3. MAINTAIN HEALTHY HABITS
I’ll be the first to admit that when it gets cold out, I find myself wanting to slack off a bit on habits I’ve developed. I want to just cozy up on the couch under a big blanket and watch movies all day long.
But one way I’ve learned to feel good during cold season is by keeping up some basic healthy habits. These are the things I focus on for myself and my family”
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat a balanced diet with nutritious foods
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Stay physically active
By focusing on those four simple things, we seem to make it through the winter feeling pretty good.
4. STOCK UP ON HAND SOAP
One thing I also love about the holiday season is that you can often find great deals on things you want and things you need! During winter cold season, hand washing is at the top of the list of things I’m bugging the kids about.
So I love to stock up on different kinds of hand soap to carry us through the winter. It makes it a little more fun to be able to switch out the soaps!
5. CLEAN DAILY
While I clean my house regularly, my years teaching in elementary classrooms taught me just how much of an impact doing some daily cleaning can have on keeping everyone feeling great!
Don’t worry, I’m not talking about a deep clean every single day.
I’m talking about an easy wipe down of the most-used areas of the house each day. I love using disinfectant wipes for this task! I clean countertops, door handles, table tops, stair railings, and any other area I know sees a lot of hands all day long.
It takes a few minutes but seems to have a big impact!
SAVE ON RICOLA COOL RELIEF LEMON FROST DROPS
If you’re restocking your medicine cabinet, you can pick up the new Cool Relief Lemon Frost Drops at Walmart! They’re easy to find along with all of the other varieties that Ricola has to offer!
You can also save $0.50 on ONE (1) bag of Ricola Cool Relief Lemon Frost Drops (print limit of 2) with the printable coupon below!
Be sure to check out your Valpak envelope when it arrives in the mail! It has an additional coupon. Look for the insert and you’ll find the coupon on the back.