Flu Survival Guide


I hope this finds you healthy, happy, and enjoying your new year in the way that’s best for you.

However, if you’ve started your new year with this flu that seems to be everywhere, trust me you’re not alone. In fact I’m writing to you from under my covers as I’m finally starting to feel a bit better after being down for the count with this thing since December 26th.

I thought that I would share what has helped me muddle through this crazy flu in case you know someone who has it or in case you have it or get it.
(I hope you don’t have it or get it.)

The first thing that became a big problem for me was that I completely underestimated the intensity of this thing and I treated it like a regular cold or bug….big mistake.

So even if you are perfectly healthy, you may want to increase any immune boosters that you like to use and make your home a nice and clean space to help keep this at bay.

All the regular stuff that you do to help your body move out the yuck factor like drinking lots of water, hot herbal teas, and rest apply here however… they all need to be super sized.

I know there are a variety of experiences that people are having including but not limited to:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Brain Fog
  • Body Aches
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Ear Aches
  • Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Stomach Pain
  • Nausea
  • Extreme Exhaustion/Lethargy
  • Extreme Skin Sensitivity and Pain

I had all of the above and one of the things that surprised me the most was how freezing cold I was and that I needed to sleep nearly around the clock.
I was wearing a snow hat in the house with the heater on plus lots of layers and blankets….yeah, not cute and not fun at all. Once I felt warm, it helped me to rest and sleep so finding your own personal warmth barometer can make a big difference in helping your body feel supported.

The other big thing was surrendering to the fact that my body was going to be down for a while and that trying to “get things done” was completely futile.
Try not to push against your body; it will just make you more exhausted and possibly extend your self care time.

I’ve included some things below that helped me feel better during this crazy flu, I hope that some of these might help you or a loved one too.
I also included a super easy gentle soup recipe that helped me sooo much.

(I am not affiliated with any of the companies or products below, these are just the things that have helped me. I hope that they may help you or a loved one too.)

If a loved one asks if you need anything from the store, say yes.
I kept saying no to offers from people because I thought I had everything I needed but once I finally said yes I realized I didn’t have what I needed.

If you don’t have any family or friends who live near you, you can probably get almost everything from Amazon. I wish I would’ve thought of that weeks ago….but the brain fog is real.

  • Lots of Super Soft Tissue:
    Even if you don’t usually buy the lotion tissue, your face and nose will thank you.
  • Neti Pot and Neti Pot Salt:
    You can find these at health food stores; if they don’t have the salt just use Plain table salt Without Iodine. (No sea Salt)
  • Humidifier:
    This will help to soothe your sinuses, skin, and help you to breathe easier.
  • Throat Coat Tea:
    Helps with sore throat plus has herbs to help increase your immune system.
  • Natural Calm Magnesium Drink:
    This is really soothing, helped with the body aches and tastes very gentle. I was afraid that it would taste bitter or leave a bad after taste in my mouth but it didn’t.
  • Wellness Formula:
    This has lots of vitamins and herbs to help your body increase immunity.
  • Marshmallow Root:
    If you experience the intense stomach pain like I did, you may want to try this. It lifted the stomach pains away gently and kept them away so that I could sleep.
  • Now Solutions Nasal Mist:
    This is a hydrating mist to help with sinus pressure and post nasal drip. I usually don’t like to use these because they burn, create medicine head, and taste awful but this one is great and didn’t do any of those things to me. It feels really gentle and has no taste, yay!
  • Therazinc Elderberry Lozenges:
    These help with sore throat too but they also have elderberry in them which helps to increase immunity. They taste good and don’t make your whole mouth feel numb like some of the other lozenges out there. They are a bit chalky though because they are compressed and not hard like a candy.
  • H2O:
    Lots and lots of water and if you can handle Apple Cider Vinegar, adding a Tablespoon into your water bottle can help to reduce inflammation in your body and help increase immunity.
  • Epsom Salt Baths:
    A warm bath with Epsom salt and Baking Soda can help to ease the body aches and body pain while also increasing your magnesium, supporting your body in fighting off the ick. If you are experiencing cold sweats, the Baking Soda can help to reduce that experience for you.

If you have anything to help your body feel soothed and comforted, such as:

  • Super Soft Jammies/Clothing
  • Warm Socks/Slippers
  • Foot Massager
  • Spoonk Mat/Acupressure Mat
  • Hot Tub or Jetted Bath Tub
  • Heating Pad
  • Essential Oils
  • Or Something Else

Use them because anything that can help move out the aches and pains will help you feel so much better.

Overall, just rest and try to take it really easy on yourself; let people help you if possible and don’t try to force yourself to be better before you really are better.

Super Easy Soup Recipe:

  • 2 Large Leeks
  • ½ Medium Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Finely Chopped
  • 2 Quarts Vegetable Broth (Or any Broth You Prefer)
  • 1 Quart of Water
  • 3 Chopped Celery Ribs
  • 1 Large Potato Chopped
  • 1 Large Carrot Chopped
  • ¾ Cup of dried yellow or green peas
  • ¼ Cup of rice
  • 2 Tablespoons of Organic Brown Rice Miso Paste
  • 2 Lemon Wedges per person
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Optional: Add Cilantro on top if you choose


  • Bring Vegetable Broth, Water, Leeks, Onion, and Garlic to a Boil
  • Add peas and cook for 30 Minutes
  • Then Add Celery, Potato, and Rice; cook for additional 15 Minutes
  • 5 Minutes Before Serving Add Miso
  • Squeeze Lemon juice on top of soup after poured into bowl (without seeds)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Optional: Add Cilantro on top if you choose

I’m sending you lots of healing and cozy energy from my little corner of the world,
Kristy~ xoxo

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