Preparing For the Cold and Flu Season | My Essentials

It’s no secret that Autumn is my favourite season, from ‘fall’ fashion to colourful crunchy leaves, and of course Halloween.

But with all these lovely seasonal activities also comes cold and flu season. πŸ™ Which can make us all feel pretty blue this time of year; especially as we get into the Winter months where they seem more prominent.

Ironically I’m actually nursing a cold while writing this post! Which may or may not actually be bronchitis again..πŸ˜‘ So it seems like the perfect opportunity to share my cold and flu essentials with you.

Cold and flu remedies

When you have a pounding head, a nose that won’t stop running or a throat that feels like sand paper, sometimes pharmaceuticals are needed to help you feel a bit more human again.

I personally use blackcurrant cold and flu power (either Lemsip or supermarket own brands) with some cough syrup (again usually own brand). But whichever you choose make sure you always consult your doctor or pharmacist before trying a new medication.

Bubble baths

Steam is well known to help relieve congestion by opening up your sinuses, but it can also soothe a sore throat too as it helps it stay lubricated.

This is something I first learnt from my speech therapist when I was going through treatment for chronic laryngitis. She recommended a steam inhaler but the steam from a bubble bath is a great alternative if you don’t have access to one!

A bubble bath is also a great self soothing method so it can help make you feel a little better too. One thing I would recommend though (especially if you have a fever!) is to have a luke warm bath.

Hot drinks

When you’re losing fluids it’s important to keep yourself hydrated and hot drinks have the added benefit of helping to lubricate your throat and relieve your sinuses (much like a bubble bath). The warming liquid can also feel soothe a sore throat and will help warm you up.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (or your TV show / movie of choice)

Whether I’m sick I usually end up re-watching (or rather binge re-wacthing) my favourite TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It never fails to cheer me up, and because I’ve seen it so many times it doesn’t matter if I fall asleep through it either.

Some much needed R&R

When your sick it’s important to get some rest and that includes taking the day off from work if you need it.

In between napping (which is often all I want to do when I feel sick), try some relaxing activities to make yourself feel better such as reading or something creative (like colouring).

Just make sure not to do anything too taxing or strenuous, just things that will lift your mood and make you feel relaxed.

Throat sweets

Another must have for relieving a sore throat! My go-to is ‘Soothers blackcurrant’, so I always make sure I have some on hand. But Vitamin C drops can be a great alternative with the added bonus of speeding up the sickness process.


Self explanatory really. For runny noses or when your eyes start watering.

Of course if symptoms persist it’s important to see your doctor or a pharmacist for advice.

What are some of your essentials when your suffering from a cold or the flu?


  • Lisa

    October 4, 2019 at 13:57

    Oh dear, I nearly stopped reading when you said Autumn is your favourite season, it’s absolutely not mine, haha, Summer all the way for me. Seriously though, these are some great tips. I also keep some Manuka honey on standby and swallow a spoonful with some cinnamon powder at the first sign of a sore throat or blocked nose. They also work wonders in a vodka hot toddy too! Lisa xx

  • Sophie Wentworth

    October 3, 2019 at 23:21

    I’m quite lucky that I usually manage to avoid them but when I am suffering, I totally agree with you. Stock up on tissues, binge watch whatever my current TV show obsession is and rest! x


  • Sophie Naylor

    October 3, 2019 at 21:46

    Throat sweets , hot drinks & tissues are always my absolute essentials for the colder months! x

  • Raven Black

    October 3, 2019 at 19:50

    Great advice.
    I always got a bit of a cold this time of the year and having good tissues that doesn’t end up ripping the skin from your nose is so important.

  • Britt

    October 3, 2019 at 18:13

    Great suggestions! I am also a firm believer in the use of various herbal teas for remedies. For example, peppermint does wonders when I’m congested while ginger is a great tool for an upset stomach.

  • Bethany Jane

    October 3, 2019 at 17:19

    I’m absolutely dreading the onset of cold and flu season! I’m going on holiday in a month and the thought of getting on the plane which will more than likely be full of sick people is already stressing me out – being ill when you can’t just lie in bed all day is the worst! I love your Buffy tip, I always have something I’ve seen a hundred times playing in the background to distract me when I’m ill! And bubble baths are the best for helping to soothe a sore head and achey muscles! Great tips πŸ™‚

  • Kayleigh Zara

    October 3, 2019 at 17:19

    I absolutely love that you included buffy the vampire slayer, I enjoy it so much it’s such an Easy watch when you’re ill. These are all great tips x

    Kayleigh Zara β„οΈβœ¨

  • Casey McCourt

    October 3, 2019 at 17:16

    Tissues & tea are my go-to remedies! I hate cold season, but thankfully I am always healthy. Just some sniffles and a sore throat every once in a while.

    Great helpful tips! Reminds me to stock up on some tea for the fall and winter!

    (P.S) sorry if this goes through twice! Not sure if it went the first time!

  • Jenny

    October 3, 2019 at 17:13

    I haven’t had a Autumn or Winter cold yet! But my boyfriend works around kids all day, so it definitely won’t be long until he brings something home and passes it on to me! I love having a warm bubble bath when I don’t feel well. Perfect form of self care. I always take chocolate in the bath with me too!

  • Casey McCourt

    October 3, 2019 at 17:13

    Tissues & tea are my go-to remedies! I hate cold season, but thankfully I am always healthy. Just some sniffles and a sore throat every once in awhie.

    Great helpful tips! Reminds me to stock up on some tea for the fall and winter!

  • Jess

    October 3, 2019 at 17:12

    I love bubble baths when I’m sick, they help me relax and the steam works wonders for my sinus’!

    Jess |

  • Thinking Moon

    October 1, 2019 at 12:18

    This is so important why doesn’t it have more likes!?

  • Tiffany

    September 29, 2019 at 15:28

    Kim, you are so right about taking some r&r when you’re sick. I love fall, myself, but my immune system isn’t the best. I always force myself to push through since I don’t want to take time off work, which ends up making me feel worse. Now I try to give my body time to recuperate!!

    Not sure if you have Luden’s out there…but that is my favorite throat lozenge. The black cherry is wonderful! Try it if you can find it!!!

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