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You can’t sweat out a cold

I’m sitting here annoyed, frustrated, not to mention angry. My heart wants to yank me to the studio, but my mind is telling me to rest. As tough as it is, I’m listening to my own advice. The advice I share often during cold and flu season. The advice we see posted on social media – “You can’t sweat out a cold”.

A cold is a runny, I mean a funny, thing. It happens when a virus attaches itself to the lining of your nose and throat. It happens SO easily– if you touch something that has a germ containing the virus (think door handle, sink faucet, steering wheel), and then touch your nose or mouth. Boom – that’s it. Now we hope our immune systems can fight of this little invisible annoying bad particle (can you send my frustration?), but in times when our immune systems are compromised it isn’t quite as easy.

It might start with dry lips and feeling lethargic. Then you wake up with one side of your nasal passage way completely blocked. You think, “I can do this. I can beat this. I’m stronger than this!” You grab your vitamins and throw on your diffuser. On Guard is on the feet and lavender on the chest. You’ve got this… this cold doesn’t stand a chance! Fresh air, clean house, and hand sanitizer when you go out. Nice try cold!

And then you wake up. Ugh. Your head weighs 50 lbs. Have you slept? It doesn’t feel like it. You are defeated. The cold has you in handcuffs.

So you think, “I know… I’ll sweat out this cold!”. You bundle up and head to the studio. A couple of coughs along the way, no big deal. You reach for the handle to the front door, and leave a couple of those cough germs on the door. You leave a few more on the lock you borrowed, and a couple more on the door on the way in to the hot room. Do you see where I’m going with this? Just say no! No heart, I will not to go the studio. I will not only listen to what my tired, weak, and strained body needs which is to rest; but, I will also not expose other people to the annoying cold!

The common cold is considered an upper respiratory tract infection, which is typically contagious for about five to seven days beginning a day or two before cold symptoms actually develop (think of those dry lips you first noticed). The more you rest, hydrate, and eat well, the more likely you are to recovery quickly.

Which brings me to where my current situation: At home, big mason jar smoothie, litre of water, plaid pajamas and my favourite robe (thank you Art of Home!). While I am so excited to be back in the hot room to teach and practice, I am also forcing myself to listen to what I share… “You can’t sweat out a cold”.

Pass the Kleenex!


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