If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times — summer colds are the worst! Sure, a winter cold isn’t fun either, but it’s to be expected. One does not associate the beach or camping out in the backyard with sneezing profusely, and yet summer colds are very common, due in part to vacation plane rides and increased exposure to air conditioning, which can dry out the protective layer of mucus that prevents colds. Here’s a few tips on beating your summer cold before it gets out of control.

1. Sit still!

We’re naturally more active in warmer months, so making ourselves sit still and rest can be a challenge, but it’s arguably the most important one to follow if you don’t want that cold sticking around.

2. Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated

Stick to water and avoid beverages that can dry you out, like sodas, coffee, and alcohol, especially during the dog days of summer.

3. Shower

A long, steamy shower can go a long way in opening up those drippy nasal passages.

4. An over-the-counter medicine should do the trick

But if you want to try a few natural solutions, honey and ginger hot tea, vitamin C and gargling Tumeric spice have all been found to assist in flushing your body of those pesky cold symptoms!

Summer is about sunshine, not sickness. Feel better!