Step 6: Eat, sleep, and be merry
Colds have a knack for destroying your appetite. Don’t force-feed yourself, but make sure whatever you’re eating is nutritious. Your immunity needs all the help it can get -- and cookies are not “help." Once you’re packed with saline solution, aspirin, honey, chicken soup, and steam... try to get some sleep. If this means skipping work, do it (you didn’t hear that from us)! Lack of sleep and stress work hand in hand to make you sick and keep you sick longer. We seriously can’t stress (pun!) enough the importance of relaxing and sleeping if you’re trying to beat a cold. There may be some debate out there over various home remedies for colds, but sleep isn't one of them.
Step 7: Repeat
Try this for a couple days, and you should be right as rain in no time. If you take all these steps, and things only get worse or stick around for more than a week, you guessed it: it’s doctor time. Life is full of annoying, unavoidable crap. Colds may be crap, but with a little effort, they don’t have to end up all over the bottoms of your shoes.